Bet has a great sense of humor, but tell her a joke and she gets a blank look and says, “I don’t get it”, then laughs ten minutes later when she does. This is similar to her entry into the art world.
Having taught digital imaging, website development, and desktop publishing, her progression into photography was a given. So naturally, she began her artistic career as a photographer of realistic images. Her favorite subjects depicted her love of the mountains, lakes, and culture of Western North Carolina.
Wanting to take her photography to another level, she began incorporating her images into encaustic paintings. “I love the scent of the beeswax, the surprises similar to water colors, and the many ways I can use images in this ancient medium which is now so popular.”
“What I like about my new abstracts and monotypes is the way others interpret them. They see things in the pieces I never saw before. I incorporate both hand drawn abstracts and images from nature in my recent work.“
A winner of the Regional Artist Project Grant of North Carolina in 2015, Bet has used her new etching press to further her work in collagraph and monotype which she combines with encaustic in a new and unique expression.
“I have always said that it isn’t what I intended to say in the paintings, but how it makes the viewer feel and what they see.”
Bet is the director of Encaustic Classes at River’s Edge. She has no reservations about sharing her knowledge of encaustic with students. “I love it when students come to class with their own ideas. They inspire me and I hope I have given them a start on their own artistic path.”
Bet gets it.