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BETTIE WARD
"I am the cowgirl daughter of an old world rancher who taught me to get back up on my horse as soon as I hit the ground. During my childhood, I galloped over hundreds of rattlesnakes being careful not to let my horse get bit. I was seated next to John Wayne at the Rodeo while he was making “the Alamo? and I spent my summers in La Jolla, California where I played shuffleboard with Vincent Price. But as an adult, life became more about survival and being a painter was my route to raising three boys alone. Lucky to be the type of person who can see beauty all around me, I learned about color from the blooms of desert flowers that I found on the Texas and New Mexico prairies. My art tells stories about listening, growth, change, romances, fragmentation, transformation, natural phenomenon, sensations, sex, the earth as home, cycles, relationships, and nature as it relates to man. My paintings are proof that I exhist; they are the evidence of my personal energy. Art teaches me about the fragility of life and the benevolence and generosity of mankind. I make art in relentless pursuit of my life creating objects based upon my belief in Human possibilities. Art is what keeps me feeling the wind in my hair. It is what the most appreciated moments of my life have revolved around. I listen to the voice of the work, becoming it’s creator and it’s true love all at the same time." - Bettie Ward

RESUME

Education:
Saint Mary’s Hall, 1965, San Antonio, Texas Bachelor of Fine Arts, sculpture, l99l, San Antonio Art Institute, Summa Cum Laud
Individual Exhibitions:
2009Blue Star Contemporary Art Space, “BWat60?, embroideries
2008exhibit at Koelsch Gallery, embroideries
2007The Marvelous Hysterical, School of Southwest Arts and Crafts, 1/18, San Antonio Texas, embroideries, drawings and prints from 10 years, catalogue
  2005Paintings 2005, Saks Fifth Avenue, San Antonio Texas 2003Koelsch Gallery, Never Give Up, Houston Texas January 2002Koelsch Gallery, “Hope?, Houston Texas
2001Koelsch Gallery “Circ?, Houston Texas, April 2001Flatbed Press in Austin, “A Limb in the Garden?, May 2000Joan Grona Gallery,“ Tender? San Antonio,Nov
2000Koelsch Gallery in Houston: “LeapFrog: spirit/flesh?
1999Koelsch Gallery in Houston :?Soul Intent?, May, 1999 
1996"Anima Pure" Lubbock Magazine and Gallery, Febuary, 1996 1996 "MO-BETTIE" Milagros Contemporary Art, January, San Antonio,Texas
1995"Sacred Dust", Dec., Rattlesnake and Star Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 1995Ancient Impulse ,Drawing installation at St Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Oct., curated by Dr.Mark Smith with Holly Moe and Sidney Yeager
1995Post Gallery, one-person exhibit, June, Houston Texas 1995summer work, Estes Design Intl. , Santa Fe
1995"I AM BEING", April, Flatbed Press, Austin Texas, prints and drawings
1995"a garden of Deep Telling", Texas Tech University, Febuary, Lubbock,Texas 1994"Rain of Grace", Estes Design Intl., June, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1994 Color Works, Adams Middleton Gallery, May , Dallas,Texas
"Love Cycles" I
42"x42"
Private Collection
"Love Cycles" II
42"x42"
Private Collection
"Love Cycles" III
42"x42"
Private Collection
"Love Cycles" IV
42"x42"
Private Collection
"Untitled"
48"W x 36"H
"Untitled"
49"W x 36"H Framed