Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Betty Amador - West Hills, CA

1. What do you call yourself - art wise?   I call myself a fiber artist.
2. How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?  When I am stuck I usually look through my large collection of art books not just quilt books for inspiration. Sometimes I get the juices going by doodling or painting.  Another way to jump start is by cutting up an old and unsuccessful quilt that may lead me in a new direction. I am passionate about classical music which I listen  to all day long and often use in titles for my work.
3. If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?   I would hire an agent to help promote my art work.
4. Do you have a sketchbook, journal, etc.?   Yes, I have numerous sketchbooks that I have kept over the years. It began years ago when I was studying art in college. I have sketchbooks for ceramics, sculpture  and jewelry ideas. They all help when I am in a slump.
5. Where can people see your work this year?   I belong to two quilt groups. One group "Xtreme Quilters" is planning another show this year at a gallery in Newbury Park, Ca. in October. It is a beautiful gallery and  I will be showing some of my work there.
6. Do you teach?   No, I don't teach. I don't think I would be good at it. There are plenty of teachers out there and I don't think I would be able to do that.
7. Is there a particular artist who has influenced you in your art life? And why?    There are no particular artist that has influenced me. Most of the 20th century artists and almost all the abstract expressionists are my favorites. Some many have never heard of. I count Corneille, Esteve, Klee, Manessier, Matisse, Miro, Tamayo and Winter among my favorites.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be someday?   I would like to be Quilt National or Visions but most of all in some fine art gallery either here in L.A. or N.Y.C.
9. Describe your studio workspace.   I have a spare bedroom in my home that serves as my studio but recently I am planning to expand my studio into my family room which is much larger and has  better light. I also plan to set up a space outside in my backyard for silk screening.
10. What 3 tools could you not live without?   The three tools I could not be without , of course my Bernina, my olfa cutter and my design wall.
11. What drives you to make the work that you do?     It has always been my passion in life to be creative.
12. How do you balance your life?   I have been a widow now for 5 years and I live alone. So I can call all the shots as long as my health and energy are good I will continue to do what I love to do the most.

1 comment:

  1. Cutting up and re-designing pieces of old quilts is a great idea!


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