A Painter and a Ceramist Shift Perspectives at Winston Wächter Fine Art
Pacific Northwest native Betsy Eby finds inspiration in the region’s natural phenomena. Her abstract paintings incorporate a soothing palette and subtly reference wildflowers, flowing water, migratory birds, frost covered leaves, and misty forests. A lifelong pianist, Eby’s brush strokes have a cadence and rhythm reminiscent of musical compositions and classical sonatas. By employing beeswax in her painting process, she slowly builds up the surfaces of her canvases, creating depth and texture that heighten the organic quality of her work. Eby’s paintings have been exhibited widely across the United States and are held in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, the Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA, and several United States Embassies around the world.
Betsy Eby’s paintings channel her passion for music into lyrical abstractions. Working in encaustic, Eby applies layers of pigmented wax in painterly gestures. Her markings are deliberate but elegant and kinesthetic; they flow into one another, almost like notes on a score. Eby also claims Japanese landscape painting as an influence—apparent in the compositional unity achieved through the rhythm of her marks. Eby’s sensibility for space is felt through her ability to create depth in her canvases. “I want to make work that’s not about necessarily making an object but more so about making a space,” she has said.
American, b. 1967, Seaside, Oregon, based in Vashon Island, Washington