I'm so glad you are here! Let me introduce myself, my name is Betsy O'Neill and I am an artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I have been working with oil and acrylic paints for more than 17 years. My paintings are a tangible expression of my passionate emotions found in nature and memories that words cannot begin to describe. In the same way a smell can trigger a memory, I use color, texture, and motion as a language from another dimension.
I am motivated by those little moments in time when you are fully engaging nature, when you slow down, stop, think, and feel. That special landmark where you stood with a loved one, a place where you hold the best memories, a captivating moment in time when you felt all is well with your soul... These feelings must be expressed and bubble up like a swelling tide, I have to paint them.
I love thick paint. Layers and texture build up on the canvas, but I leave little peeks of bright under-painting which glows as if illuminated by a light of it's own.
My work mirrors both post-impressionism and expressive fauvism. When I use vivid colors and bold brush strokes I can offer an interpretation of my feelings about a subject, rather than simply describe what it looks like. I treasure the ordinary, challenge my perception, and reach deep into my emotions in order that the painting may resonate with the viewer on a whole new level. I don't want to merely represent mundane surroundings I want to generously add color and shape to describe the world that pulls at my soul.
In years past I have been pleasantly occupied with many commissions for landscapes, city-scapes, animals, and even murals. My work has been approved and included in local juried art competitions. I was excited to recently earn an honorable mention in the Grand Rapids Regional Art Competition. In 2016, I showcased twelve large poster prints of my work in ArtPrize here in Grand Rapids. In the summer of 2017, I enjoyed taking my paintings and prints around West Michigan to many juried art shows and fine art festivals. My works are held in many private collections in the US and Canada.
Currently, I am working on a large collection of paintings inspired by historical architecture, favorite destinations, and the beautiful natural landscapes of Michigan.
I would LOVE to talk with you! If you have any questions don't hesitate to send me a message!