What part of the process of creating art do you like best?
After I have worked out the plan for my artwork, I enjoy the hands on development of my project. I like to see if I can go beyond my first concept of the work, pushing this development to the limit.
What is your working environment like?
My working environment for sculpture is close to nature. My paintings and drawings are created in an interior studio.
What kind of (formal & informal) art training have you had?
I trained as a secondary art and craft teacher, and later obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Sculpture and a minor in Painting. Twenty-eight years of teaching at TAFE and the Ballarat Arts Academy helped to develop my practical and creative skills.
Name some important influences and inspirations in your art career.
Early on, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth inspired my direction towards abstraction/simplification in sculpture. My drawing and painting has been largely inspired by outdoor landscapes and plant forms in the earlier years, and by my travels in the later years.
List recent exhibitions of your work:
Recent exhibitions include...
2015 - Florence Biennale, Italy (Sculpture)
2017 - Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick's College Art Exhibition, Ballarat 2017- Las Vegas, Metropolitan Art Museum, USA(Painting and Drawings)
Describe some highlights / turning points of your art career?
A highlight of my career has been receiving a Third Prize in Sculpture at the Florence Biennale, Italy 2015. This has lead to World Wide Art Books USAapproaching me to submit work for their publications. Other highlights have been receiving First Prize from Association of Sculptors of Victoria annual awards exhibition, as well as several other prizes. I have also won a First Prize at the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria annual exhibition in 2007.
Anything to add?
I have been invited and chosen by Art Tour International Magazine, a USA publication and Art Mentor, to participate and be one of the awarded artists in their 2018 ATIMMasters Award Ceremony and be part of the award publication " ATIM'S Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art". I will be presented by Art Tour International Magazine at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, USA on April 27th, 2018 and will receive a ATIM Masters Certificate and a ATIM Masters Award. One of my art pieces will also be exhibited at the Rio Gallery, New York as part of the presentation.
'Sherif of Nottingham' by Betty Collier (watercolour on Cason paper, 30 x 22 cm)
'Bella' by Betty Collier (Bronze, 13 x 42 x 26 cm - includes perspex base)