statement: Betsy Gallery's contemporary mosaics combine classical
handmade Italian glass smalti and 24 karat gold tesserae with
recycled porcelain, ceramics and found objects. Her use of noble
materials and historical, psychological and literary references
transform what was once considered a craft into fine art. Ancient
wall mosaics were generally seen from a distance and individual
tesserae were not carefully cut. Betsy shapes each tiny piece
with a hammer and hardie defining harmonious edges. She diverges
from ancient (mostly) anonymous mosaic artists in that she focuses
on personal statements rather than religious or patrons' ceremonial
themes. Betsy also makes replicas of ancient Greek, Roman and
Byzantine mosaics to hone her skills.
Betsy's formal art training began at the Art Institute of Chicago.
She continued her studies in Madrid, Spain, as well as Ravenna
and Venice,Italy. Although she originally worked in oil, watercolor
and printmaking, since 1999 Betsy has worked primarily in mosaics.
She contributed multiples of 100 assemblages to a number of
editions of Art-Life Limited Editions, collected by museums
and institutions, such as Yale University. Her mosaics are in
private collections in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Marin County
and Madrid, Spain, as well as the Society of American Mosaic
Artists Traveling Mosaic "Quilt" 2004-2006, the SAMA
exhibit at the Museum of Man in San Diego, 2009, and many local
art shows and venues. Betsy also holds a Master of Clinical
Art Therapy Degree.