” Exploration” Virtual Art Show – November 15, 2020
In this extraordinary year, what has inspired you to explore your world and how has that been reflected in your artwork? Have you explored a new medium or genre; experimented with alternate methods; played with color? How have your emotions transformed your artwork? Have you discovered a new artist, or discovered local areas of beauty and serenity that have motivated you to tell a different artistic story? Share your journey of exploration in our upcoming virtual show!
Juror Statement: Betz Green
The works in my latest portfolio are created using a medium new to me called Sennelier oil pastels. First developed for Picasso’s use in the 1940’s they are buttery soft sticks of oil paint that can be used in a variety of ways. Handled like pastels they can be layered, scraped back to the gessoed substrate with a palette knife, scratched into or thinned down with medium, then applied with a brush or molded with my fingers. I am especially partial to this medium because I feel like I am drawing, painting and sculpting all in the same piece.
By inclination, I am a detail oriented artist, but the sticks of color are thick enough to keep me from being too precise and I enjoy the freedom they grant me to concentrate instead on the textures, atmosphere, light, and overall feeling of the landscapes depicted.
After attending Tyler School of Art, marrying fellow artist Jim Green and producing two artsy children, I became the original cover illustrator for the Montgomery County Town and Country Living Magazine and co-founded the Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists. My work has been featured in gallery and museum shows and numerous private collections. I have been commissioned for many portraits and have won numerous awards in regional, national and international shows including Phillips Mill, Philadelphia Water Color Society, Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Gold and Silver Medals at Audubon Artists, Inc. at the Salmagundi Club in NYC.
I reside just outside Philadelphia with Jim, a few chickens and too many gardens.