About the Artist
Betina Fink paints the landscape of the southwest. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Fink has made her home in Tucson since the '80s. Growing up in the Brandywine River School area, she was surrounded with landscape painting and the work of Andrew Wyeth. Later, during the 90s and early 00s, she lived in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
While living in Holland, Fink studied landscape and still life traditions of the Masters. Today, her oil paintings depict observations of form, light and color. She paints plein air (on site) and interprets these pieces in the studio. Fink paints Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Delaware, New York and featured here, Maine (Sebago Lake).
During the time of COVID-19, Fink has turned her eye to symbolism in still life, and has begun a series of spiritually evocative works. Parrot feathers are symbolic of strength and protection. Dreaming and contemplating hope for the future, Fink paints the still life. She has collected parrot feathers for years, tying them together for good luck.
Photo credit: Betina Fink
About the Process
Betina Fink has traveled around the southwest and elsewhere, taking visual notes in the form of pastel drawings, oil sketches and graphite drawings. Capturing the light as it changes while being inspired by the beautiful and mystical natural becomes the subject matter for larger pieces made in the studio.
Small plein air paintings done on site are usually 8 x 10", painted in oil in the span of about an hour and a half. It's important to gesture and block in basic shapes, direction of light, cloud formations and color harmonies. This group of plein air studies is from a painting trip to the Four Corners and are considered finished pieces.
Working in black, grey and white with marker and pen is often a quick way to quickly sketch in an impression of a landscape view. This sketch (of Sebago Lake, Maine) shows atmospheric perspective and a one point perspective viewpoint. This is a 20 minute sketch, 5 x 7" and set the tone for a larger, oil painting made in the studio (see on website).
Virtual Studio Tour
Betina Fink's studio, suite E, is located in the Metal Arts Village, 2530 N. Dodge Blvd in Tucson. Before Covid the "Village" hosted monthly Open Studios under the Full Moon, welcoming visitors from near and far. Fink's studio is now open daily by appointment only.
Interior view of Fink's studio. The front, gallery portion, hosts exhibitions of Fink's work, as well as pop up shows of local and regional artists.
Rear view of studio, behind the gallery space, taken from the loft (office) area. Large windows and roll up doors allow the studio to be bathed in beautiful natural daylight, important to the artists painting process. True colors of oil paint are best worked with in daylight.