Betty Krause

Interview by Jimon

  1. One word to describe Betty Krause?  Thoughtful.
  2. Where do you reside and work currently?  I have two homes—one in San Jose, California and the other in Winthrop, Washington. I spend the majority of my time in San Jose. I work out of my home(s).
  3. Did you have any training for art or is it inherent?  I would say that most of it is inherent; however, I have taken workshops and classes with my favorite artists over the years. 
  4. When did you first start making art and what lead you to start?  I got hooked on mixed media about 5 years ago and started painting about 3 years ago. I stumbled upon mixed media on the internet and fell madly in love.
  5. Best advice you ever received in regards to your art?  Paint every day.
  6. What influences you as an artist?  Most of my influence and inspiration comes from nature.
  7. Do you first draw a mock-up? I’m an intuitive painter, so I don’t create mock-ups prior to painting.
  8. How would you describe your paintings, abstract, impressionist, contemporary or …..?  My art is abstract.
  9. Are the colors in your art indicative of your state of mind?  I would say yes. I am generally a happy, grateful person and my colors tend to be bright, colorful and, what I call, happy.
  10. How would you like to be seen as an artist years from now?  I would like to be seen as an artist that continued to grow and try new ways of painting. I want people to know it’s my work, but not see the same style of paintings over and over.
  11. Do you have a place/person/thing that you visit for inspiration?  Many of my paintings are from a memory. It could be an experience or a place.
  12. If you could have dinner with 3 artists living/dead who would be at your table?  Joan Mitchell, Georgia O’Keeffe and Elaine de Kooning.
  13. Name three things you can’t live without in your studio?  Music, spray bottle, pencils.
  14. Are you active on social media and if so where can one find you?   Yes, very active.
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