Betsy Margolius

"The flowers in my garden, the grasses I pass on walks with friends, the tiny shells I see washed up at the beach: all these catch my attention. I find inspiration in the unique curved line of a rose, the elegance of a tree branch, and the simple organic shape of a stone."

In her work, Betsy Margolius aims to recreate the endless sense of beauty and wonder that nature provides by layering, juxtaposing, and interweaving one natural image with another. Each texture, color, movement, pattern, and form overlaps to inspire an almost dreamlike state, one in which there is a sense of continuity and wholeness in the midst of almost infinite diversity.

Margolius creates hand-modified monotypes using oil paints on steel plates, often with the addition of handmade papers using the chine colle technique. She also creates oil paintings on paper with the addition of collage. She has also worked on hollow-core doors to create original oil paintings, using the hard surface of the door similarly to how she treats her monotype plates.

After two years of studying at the Boston University School of Fine Arts, Margolius received her BFA degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she studied printmaking with Garo Antresian, one of the founders of the Tamarind Institute of Lithography. She then continued her studies in painting and printmaking and received her MFA degree from the University of Denver.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado, USA, 2019
Elements, William Havu Gallery, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2018
Arts Brookfield "Joy!", 1801 California Lobby Installation, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2019
The Hallmark Art Collection, 1996 Fine Art Acquisitions, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, 1996