Art to me is a breadth of fresh air amid the overwhelming visual distractions and tasks that flood our daily lives. It is about fulfilling an inner urge to create, to speak not by words, but by images that feed the soul and reflect my inner self. Painting gives me the opportunity to dwell in the joy of “positive slowness”, focusing on the creative moment and mindfulness that are pleasurable and rewarding. I am almost “painting” all the time in my mind as anything I see is a possible painting, or an inspiration for one. I do not limit myself to any subject but just paint whatever that I feel like at the time. My motto in art is “Why not? Break some rules, make it different. Life should not be boring.”
Betty has been painting for several decades, first with Chinese ink, then watercolour and acrylic. She was inspired by many teachers during her art journey, both in Hong Kong and Canada and has never stopped taking workshops to develop her art throughout her working years. A self learner, and now living in Canada, she is embarking on her second career as an artist after retirement, painting full time. She has been exploring new subjects and techniques and continues to challenge her creativity.
'My greatest love is watercolour, a medium which gives me enormous versatility and freedom, as well as a lot of surprises and the unexpected. I have yet to concentrate more on certain subjects as I continue to explore my personal style …' she said. Her works are full of energy, colour and joy. Her use of colours is bold and experimental and she never hesitates to explore different techniques and presentations. She paints on paper, wood panel and canvas and is also experimenting with different paint surfaces e.g. panel pre-treated with watercolour ground, paper mounted on canvas that does not need glass framing etc.
She has won numerous awards in juried shows and has exhibited her works in many occasions with lots of positive feedback. She is a Signature member of the Bayview Watercolour Society and is active in the local art scene in the Greater Toronto area in Canada. She also belongs to the Toronto Watercolour Society (work accepted into 6 juried shows), Richmond Hill Group of Artitsts, and the Dynasty Watercolour Association. She has taught seniors to paint at the Carefirst Adult Daycare centre in Richmond Hill and enjoys seeing her mature students stimulated in their creative endeavours. 'If someone's day was brightened up after seeing my paintings, it is already worth everything.' she said.
If you wish to purchase her original paintings, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Artmajeur.com/bettymmwong. You can visit her on Facebook/artistbettywong.
Betty M M Wong joined Fine Art America on October 18th, 2012.