THE ARTISTS: Betsy Lombard, 46, Penn Valley
What is your career and your current job title? I am a fine artist and a state certified Spanish interpreter. I have also just begun teaching plein-air painting classes.
Describe your art in a sentence or two your art: I work in oils, plein-air and also in the studio. I admire the works of the Society of Six, a group of Bay Area plein-air painters from about 80 years ago.
How long have you been working in this discipline? I have been painting since the age of 12, and I am 46.
Why do you do it? Because it brings me joy.
What do you hope to accomplish? To be able to stay healthy and continue painting is the best thing I can imagine.
Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive, and if yes, what is that message? No. It’s just a pure observation and reverence for nature, color and the emotions I feel when I contemplate these things.
Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I would like more exposure, but I also value the other things I do with my time – the Spanish interpreting and volunteer work related to that, and I feel I contribute to society by doing those things.
What kind of special training did you take? None.
How did you learn the art techniques or processes? I am self-taught in art since the age of 12.
What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Singing and painting at the same time. Painting outdoors. Dancing around the studio.
What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Promotion.
How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? It varies. I wouldn’t be able to say.
Do you consider it hard work, and could anyone do it? No, it doesn’t seem like hard work to me and I do feel that given the dedication, anyone can do art, yes.
Any other comments you’d like to include? What makes an artist is that the artist does art. I’m always sorry when I hear someone say “I used to …” I feel that art education is overvalued because to me it comes from inside and without that you have nothing. I have no tolerance for snobbery or pretension in the art world.
Betsy Lombard will open her studio to the public during this weekend’s 2002 Western Nevada County Studio Tour. Visit her from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 17328 Penn Valley Drive, Suite F, near the Tack Room. Call 263-4791 for more information.
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