Seeing Through, 2011, 72 x 52 in, mixed media on panelElevation, 2009, 24.5 x 17.25 in, oil on panelTorso #6, 2011, 37.25 x 29 in, mixed media on panel

Betsy Belcher

Betsy Belcher received her B.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she graduated with honors, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. She later received her M.A. in Painting, with a minor in Art History, from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and her M.F.A. in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Texas, she is a longtime resident of Dallas, exhibiting her paintings and drawings, teaching, and working in the graphic arts field.  Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.

Artist Statement

I like to think of my paintings and drawings as artifacts of my active perceptual process: my experience of form and space, animated by color and gesture, and inflected by emotion and thought. I want to communicate through the materiality of whatever medium I use.  I try to think physically with the paint, charcoal or graphite, without language. Too, I am devoted to the idea that abstraction is the authentic outcome of making art. I examine edges, boundaries, gravity, magnetism, surface, tactility, trying to find the accumulation of observations that constitutes an image.

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