As I examine my subject, I pull the colors out and reduce the lines. I take from the most interesting areas, placing sections into a cohesive composition of lines and areas of visual interest. I am currently working on a tree bark series examining the details of diseased areas, breaks, patterns, and scars. My goal is to create an interpretation of the way I respond emotionally to my subjects through the use of color and line. The tree bark series is an autobiographical metaphor to express the experience of childhood abuse, recovery, and victory.
Betsy Horn grew up in Texas and California, and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She was discouraged by art teachers, and it wasn’t until she reached 50, that she began to pursue her dream of being an artist. She is self-directed.
Betsy has won awards for her landscape paintings and has been selected to be featured in a Public Art exhibit for the City of North Richland Hills, Texas in 2022. She is currently working with Alliance for Children, Tarrant County, Texas through art and monetary donations from her tree bark series of works, as well as contributing to their art therapy program.
Pretty Enough To (Cedar Elm), 2020
12 x 12 inches
Fluid acrylic on paper mounted on cradled wood panel