Betsy Montoya can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a paintbrush, knitting needle or macramé twine in her hand. Her first true work of art came at the age of ten, when she created a set of four oil paintings inspired by ‘The Cat and the Fiddle”. Soon after, she learned to sew and began making her own clothes. Never content with convention, Betsy improvised her own patterns, and added unlikely embellishments and color combinations.
Betsy continued to create one of a kind clothing and artwork while raising her family and working in healthcare administration in California and Washington. Her ‘wearable art’ was shown and sold at various arts and crafts festivals throughout California as well as boutiques and resorts.
Now living in Arizona, Betsy currently works at Mayo Clinic as a Revenue Analyst and stretches the right side of the brain by creating colorful and whimsical paintings, collages and 3-dimentional pieces. Betsy’s multimedia art combines stylized images in acrylic on canvas, boxes or wood with recycled paper and found objects. Betsy is a member of the Sonoran Art League and Southwest Premier Artists and shows regularly with Thunderbird Artists. Betsy and her husband John, also create unique one of a kind furniture pieces combining her paintings and collages with his fine woodwork and stone inlay.