With Child, 2019
Woodcarving: Power Play / November 14 – 19, 2021
I primarily work with wood – its warmth, responsiveness, and versatility allow for infinite expression, and, as I cut and carve, I discover much about myself. Repetitive strokes of carving influence me by becoming conduits for communicating and pathways for giving and receiving. The fluid lines of my sculptures are links to movement in my own life. Combined forms suggest relationships.
When I begin work on a new sculpture, the feeling of not knowing is strong. A passion for delving into and embracing mystery propels. I have learned patience – the sort of patience required for proceeding without knowing outcomes.
Betty’s sculptures are represented in many private collections, as well as in the permanent collections of more than twenty major museums such as the Arkansas Arts Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.