Q + A with Betsey Iannarelli
Betsey creates floral artwork in both oil pastels and watercolor. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.
1. What made you want to become an artist?
Art and creativity run in my family! Growing up I watched my dad draw and paint (here is a more recent drawing he did of me!) My mom is also very creative. I loved art class in high school, and later on in college I bought a watercolor set and started experimenting. Around that time I also tried oil painting and acrylic, but the only medium that really stuck with me was watercolor. Picasso said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - That is what art became for me. A way to make myself be still amidst the business of life. It is something that I was naturally drawn to, that has become a necessity in my life!
2. What do you struggle with the most?
On a practical level, I struggle with finding the time to sit down and create. On a deeper level, because I am self taught and have no formal training I do struggle with feeling like my work is inadequate. I have to remind myself why I create, and I work hard not to compare my work with others, but rather to enjoy and be inspired by each individual artist’s style.
3. Do you have any advice for artists who are trying to sell their work?
Don't create to sell. Create because you are called to create, because there is something inside you that you need to express. If you are authentic in your process and your work, people will be drawn to it.
4. What is your creative process?
My creative process looks very different now that I have a young baby at home! In the middle of the night when I am awake with my daughter I constantly have ideas running through my head. Two months ago I started using oil pastels because they were easier to grab quickly. I almost always paint or draw flowers, and I typically start a piece by deciding what color combinations I want to use - from there they flow organically. I rarely use a pencil first - I just go with it!
5. What's next for you in 2018?
I have really been enjoying exploring oil pastels, I would like to keep working in that medium for a while. I will use my art in whatever way God calls me to! He has already opened up some exciting doors for me in the past, and I am looking forward to seeing how I can use this gift to glorify Him in the future