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 Betty Carr  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: architecture, still life, landscape

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Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, she developed a love of art from visiting museums. For twenty- three years she taught art in public schools and did sculpture in her spare time. In 1980, she married landscape painter, Howard Carr, and they have devoted their lives to painting. They have traveled around the country, from Oregon to South Carolina, doing numerous workshops, but their home is in Cotttonwood, Arizona. She is a member of the Knickerbocker Association of New York City. She has also taught at the Scottsdale Artists' School. An emphasis of her art work is capturing the effect of light.

Biography from Taos Gallery:
BETTY CARR
Living in Cottonwood, Arizona

Energetic, brightly colored watercolor still lifes are the signature work of this artist who is known for her skillful use of light, color and shadow in her floral paintings. She has been a resident of Colorado and California, but now lives in Arizona because she feels such an affinity for the natural beauty including the bright sunshine of the Southwest. There she has taught at the Scottsdale Artist’s School.

Loving to paint and teach throughout the country, she and her artist husband, Howard Carr, travel several months of each year, from Oregon to South Carolina in a specially equipped mobile home. In numerous locations, they teach artist workshops. She advises her students to draw continually because "drawing is critical to good painting." This habit, she thinks, is especially true of watercolorists because the practice of varying the pressure of a pencil "translates into better control of the watercolor brush."

She is also much aware of shapes, something she combines in numerous ways in her bountiful still lifes. She says the "biggest mistake floral painters make is getting caught up in the details of the individual blossoms," and that looking first for the overall appearance of shapes is necessary before attending any of the details.

Of the influence of light on her watercolors, she writes: "What catches my eye is the effect light has on form in unique situations whether fleeting, spilling over, striking, etc. I challenge myself in capturing its dramatic and/or subtle effects. The spontaneous qualities of watercolor lends itself perfectly to my impressionistic style of painting. I strive for confident enthusiastic brushwork, the maximizing of color’s value and intensity range and a fresh painterly approach, the result appearing effortless." Generally she keeps her floral still life set-ups in the refrigerator until sunlight streams through the window. Then she takes numerous photographs and combines the lighting effects in the final painting. She also completes her work within a few days so that she retains her enthusiasm for the subject.

Carr was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California and developed a love of art from visiting museums. For 23 years she taught art in public schools and did sculpture in her spare time. In 1980, she married landscape painter, Howard Carr, and they have devoted their lives to painting. From the time she was a young girl, she has been represented by galleries. She has been featured in numerous publications including Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Artist, Art Talk, American Artist and Vitality magazines. She is extremely proud of her acceptance into the exclusive Knickerbocker Association of New York City.




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