Featured Artist

Betty Busby


Betty Busby, aged 38.

Contact information: http://www.artscanterbury.org.nz/portfolios/betty-busby/ 

What medium(s) do you work in? 

Mainly watercolour and embroidery, but occasionally with coloured pencil too. Over the last couple of years, I have been enjoying experimenting with watercolour on watercolour canvases, and am looking forward to trying other surfaces like timber and Ampersand claybord.

Tell us about yourself in 50 words or less.

 I tutor people with learning disabilities and teach adults and children cognitive drawing, watercolour painting and embroidery. I am fascinated by New Zealand’s unique wildlife even though I grew up in South Africa. I create wildlife artworks of endangered and rare species from around the world. 

Who is your favourite artist (living or deceased!)? 

Hard one, but I love Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau artwork.

What were your reasons for joining Arts Canterbury? 

To meet other artists and to exhibit with other Canterbury artists.

What are three goals for your art this year? 

Exhibit. Paint more. Paint a bat!

Describe your favourite piece of art you have created – and why it’s your favourite. 

My favourite artwork is ‘Torrentfish’ because I think torrentfish are fascinating and are under threat. The design ‘just happened’, very easily and comfortably and I didn’t have to fight to achieve the result I got and wanted.

Anything else you want to tell us – funny story, about yourself or your art? 

I teach my art students how to observe accurately for realism drawing – yet one of them managed to sketch a duck with four feet!

A Circus of Kea