Betty Ross, trained as an art historian, has an MA in Theatre from UC Berkeley. She has designed and made costumes for THEATREWORKS since 1976, and is now in retirement. She has travelled extensively and has used ideas for painting and costumes from places as remote as Iran and Romania. She often works onsite in watercolor, using the information for larger acrylic works in the studio, sometimes adding collage elements such as torn paper fragments, antique laces, leather, or shreds of wool. Accident and experiment are her friends. She has exhibited locally at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, at the Sangre de Christo Arts and Conference Center, in Pueblo, been a member of Spark in Denver, and won awards in Taos and Kansas City and Loveland. Three residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson helped connect her with abstract expressionist painting–Michael Goldberg was the main influence. She received an NEA grant to travel to Romania to compare Gypsies (Roma) with artists, and used the data to concoct a series of abstract paintings that were exhibited at the Artemesia Gallery in Chicago and the Business of Art Center in Çolorado Springs. Three of these were recently at the Pike’s Peak Çommunity College Studio Ugly/Beautiful exhibit.
“The gaps between abstraction and the real are actually what fascinate me as a painter— often filled with a narrative or strong emotion that drives the process whether at a pond in Derbyshire, or a cabin in the Sangres.”