I fell in love with clay because, in an artist’s hands, it can be modeled into any shape with any surface texture. Clay remains a prominent medium in my studio work today since I never tire of exploring the shapes and textures it can allow me to create. All of my sculpture is fired in an electric kiln before the final patina is applied.
The human form has provided inspiration for my art. I draw and paint from a live model regularly, captivated by the face and the gestures of the body. Drawing with a brush creates fluid lines and washes which are intended to capture movement, personality and expression. My intention with all of my art is to immerse myself in intuitive work using lines and forms which suggest the dynamic life around me. It is my hope that audiences with connect with the feelings underlying the work.
Betty Gerich decided to pursue life as an artist after completing an inspirational summer course in drawing at an international school in Nice, France. She continued her studies with three college degrees in art.
Active in art organizations, Betty has been president of the Artworks Gallery cooperative in Hartford, and a member of Connecticut Women Artists, National Association of Women Artists, The New England Sculptors Association, Women Contemporary Artists, Art Center Sarasota as well as a Master Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.
Today, Betty’s studio work consists of drawings from a live model, watercolors of figures and faces, and sculpture inspired by the figure. Her career as an artist consists of ten solo exhibitions, including a one-person exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, as well as many juried and invitational exhibitions. Her work has earned Betty recognition including a number of regional awards, two national awards, and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.