My name is Bettina and I was born in Denmark. I am currently living in the South of Spain and have been self-employed as an artist my whole life. As a child walking home from school I loved playing and kicking the autumn leaves and became captivated and obsessed with their colours as they danced in front of me. I would bring some leaves home and be dedicated to study and mix from my basic palette of colours working hard to re-create the exact colour of the leaves. At the age of 12, I won the local city’s painting competition for kids and at the age of 14 I created and sold my first real painting.
I put in the effort for my schoolwork however my schoolbooks had more drawings and sketches than high marks. I would sneak up at night drawing sketches, which I hoped I would somehow find the time to paint the next day. I was able to provide the finances for my sketchbooks, canvases, brushes etc. by delivering newspapers after school.
Later on as a dancer and teacher of modern dance I would admire the freedom of expression and energy conveyed through this mode. It reminded me of the beautiful colours of those dancing leaves from my early years. How could I express this freedom in my artwork, the freedom of expression, energy and liberty? I became interested in the human body, its anatomy and energy. My studies of anatomy and knowing the musculature of the body combined with my dancing and teaching of dance has undoubtedly helped me as an artist transfer that special sensation of energy into my artwork.