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About Betty Pehme

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Image making is my journey of exploration. I have a healthy curiosity and a need to express myself creatively through fiber arts, metal arts, photography, painting, mixed media, collage, mosaic, printmaking, etc. Digital merged media is an extension of my traditional printmaking, exploring new and exciting technology. The process of art making stimulates and inspires me.

Since early childhood my curiosity has paved the way forward, influencing my life choices and decisions big and small. Perhaps I was fortunate to grow up in a family that did not recognize the arts, it was just not part of our life. What I did hear was 'Betty makes things. She just loves to make things. She is always making things.' No one interfered; no one encouraged or praised my many endeavors and results. Possibly the very best of this was that I was left alone with my imagination. Left alone to explore whatever caught my attention and interest. I still live like this today, many years later, needing no permission or encouragement, just trusting my choices and myself. I love my life and what I do. Ten years is often the span of time I have spent concentrating on one medium or another. Sometimes outside circumstances have intervened, requiring a shift to a different medium. Other times a passion for a particular medium grows into an extension and expansion of it and eventually becomes something else. The following addresses questions I am often asked about my work.

What is Process Painting?

Process Image Making is about the journey, not the destination; the process and not the result. It is the spirit, the mindset (or absence of mindset) of the artist that determines this method of working. Carl Jung speaks to this; 'The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.' Also from Jung, 'The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, which belongs also to the child, and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever come to birth.' I like to offer the notions of winging it, free-flow, of trusting your instincts, intuitive or Zen Painting, or as quoted by an anonymous teacher, 'Freedom is found on the far side of discipline.' Robert Genn's 'Commit and Correct' and 'Dynamic Painting' also fit loosely into this approach to image making. Process work is imaginative; it is creative, in the moment work. It is not derivative art. Mastery must be acknowledged, accepted and appreciated, then pushed aside to free up this wonderful process. As G.K. Chesterton states, 'There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.'

Thank you for your interest,
Betty Pehme