Currently enrolled at Camberwell College, 19 year old Betsy McCarthy, from Wales is all about Fine Art. She has produced three major series; Wye Valley, Waves and The Garden. ‘I only paint what’s important to me and what I experience and see.’ It is therefore not surprising that all her subject matter is from her home and home town. She works predominantly in acrylic; it helps her to achieve the feeling of movement and abstraction, also in oil pastel, where she can be slightly more refined. In her Waves series she will often add other material such as paper for flatness of colour which contrasts not only in tone but also in texture. She likes to ‘move the paint so the colours interact losing the defined image of the subject but not its essence.’ Working on smaller scales makes the work intense and keeps the richness. However, her Waves series, which is on a larger scale break out and beyond the confines of the frame and have powerful impact. These pieces are truly exciting and least to say expressive by an artist of tender age.
The Dean of Camberwell has several of her other works already in his private collection.