The beautiful beaches and lush landscapes of Florida inspire Bettina Sego’s vibrant mixed media paintings. Visit her website to see more of her portfolio.
I live on Anna Maria, a barrier island in Florida which has beautiful and lush nature and natural beaches. These surroundings greatly influence my artwork, less so in the traditional sense of landscape, more so through the energy and vibrancy of nature.
In my artwork I am trying to reflect this vibrancy by working with inks, acrylics, silver leaf and resin. I paint and collage fragments which are reminiscent of and inspired by the turquoise water, the saturated greens of the foliage, the colors of the rainbows, the blue sky and the intensity of the sun.
I use these elements as inspiration, but never in a literal way, always abstract with enough room for imagination.
When I use inks and acrylics, my paintings tend to be organic and flow. The more collage I add, the more structured my artwork becomes.
Lately, I have done a lot of pure collages, e.g. in my “Rainbow” series. These pieces are very geometric and thus add another layer of abstraction and simplification.
During a visit to the Miro Museum in Barcelona, a quote came up in the end of the video about Miro’s life: “For me, to gain freedom is to gain simplicity. So, in the end, a line, a color is all that’s needed to create a painting.”
I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it.