Betina Fink

Contact: BetinaFink@gmail.com.

Studio open daily by appointment: (Metal Arts Village): 3230 N Dodge Blvd, Tucson, AZ, 85716.

Betina Fink, MFA, is an oil painter originally from Delaware. Arizona has been her home since the 1980’s, including 7 years when she lived and worked in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague, Netherlands. While in Europe Betina studied classical painting and drawing. Her studies of egg tempera painting and the works of the masters helped to ground her studio practice soundly in the historical traditions of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The effects of northern light, time and place combined with the artist’s own impressions living as an American abroad helped to formulate a lasting aesthetic and reverence to “Painting” that she brings to her work today, while being inspired by landscapes of the American southwest and west coast.

Her return to Arizona in the ’90s’ brought her to Rancho Linda Vista, an artists’ community in  a historic dude ranch in the small town of Oracle, north of Tucson, where she lived and worked for 10 years. Some of her former professors lived on the ranch, and she joined what has been dubbed by Tucson arts writer Margaret Regan, as “the Tucson Landscape School.” It was while living at the ranch that Fink made the switch from painting more abstractly to creating more representational works.

As a result, her art is positioned in both worlds, and uses the bold expressive mark making and color of an abstractionist, with a more controlled description of the realist.

At the University of Arizona Fink studied with : Figurative painters Robert Colescott, (who studied with Fernand Leger) ; James G. Davis, and Bailey Doogan; landscape painter Bruce McGrew. At the University of Delaware she studied with representational painters Stephen Tanis and Larry Holmes.

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Fink’s large and small scale works have been exhibited and are in collections internationally. She founded Tucson Classical Atelier in 2014, where she teaches classical painting and drawing, at the Metal Arts Village, in Tucson. She was a founding teaching artist and administrator at The Drawing Studio, Tucson.

Public collections include Tucson Museum of Art; Royal Dutch Embassy, Yugoslavia; Department of Foreign Affairs, The Hague.

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Affiliations include OPA (Oil Painters of America); TPAPS (Tucson Plein Air Painters Society) and PAPNM (Plein Air Painters of New Mexico).

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Contact: BetinaFink@gmail.com.

Drawing plein air, the Historic Empire Ranch, Arizona.
Drawing plein air, the Historic Empire Ranch, Arizona.

Education

1988-1995     Painting Studies in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Netherlands (NL)

1985-1988     MFA, Painting, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1979-1983     BA, Art History/Fine Art, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015      Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, AZ

2014      Four Corners Gallery, Tucson

2013      Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ

2011    The Drawing Studio, Tucson        

G7, Philadelphia, PA

2007/6 Mountain Shadow Gallery, Tucson

2006    Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ

Art Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

2005    Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle

2004    Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson

2001    Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ

Selected Group Exhibitions

Tohono Chul Park, Tucson. Tucson Plein Air Painters (2016)

Steinway Pianos, Tucson. Tucson Plein Air Painter’s Fall Notes (2016)

15 For 15, Metal Arts Village Invitational (2015)

Tucson International Airport (2012)

Raices Taller Gallery, Tucson (2010, 2008, 2006)

Chase Bank, Wilmington, DE (2009)

Davis Dominguez, Tucson. Small Works Invitational (2004 through 2016)

The Drawing Studio (2005 – 13)

Exhibitions in Europe

2001    Galerie de Provoost, Brielle, Netherlands

1997    Solvay Duphar Pharma, Amsterdam NL

1993    Galerie Keisersgracht 690, Amsterdam, NL

Publications

2013     Tucson Weekly, Review by Margaret Regan

Washington Post, Interview by Jennifer Forker

2012     Tucson Weekly, Interview by Mariana Dale

2011     Downtown Tucson, Interview by Teja Vitu

Tucson Weekly, Review by Margaret Regan

2009     Arizona Daily Star, Interview by Andrea Rivera         

2007    Tucson Guide, by Molly McKassen

2006    Phoenix Home and Garden, Review by Roberta Landman

2003    Tucson Weekly, Review by Margaret Regan

2001    Access Television, Tucson, Interview Channel 12

Public Collections

Tucson Museum of Art

Royal Dutch Embassy, Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Department of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, NL

Social Security Bank, Amsterdam, NL

Galerie Sulegaarden, Assens, Denmark

 

Affiliations

OPA; Oil Painters of America

PAPNM; Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

TPAPS; Tucson Plein Air Painters Society

Four Corners Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2014)

G7; Philadelphia, PA (2006 -10)

Mountain Shadow Gallery, Tucson (2005-2007)

Liz Hernandez, Tucson (2003-2005)

Rancho Linda Vista, Arts Community, Oracle, AZ (1995-2004)

Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson (1995-2001)

STROOM, The Hague, NL (1994-1997)

White Lily, Delft, NL (1992-1997)

International Arts Collective, Barcelona/Amsterdam (1993-1996)

Teaching

Owner and Educator: Tucson Classical Atelier (since 2014)

Individual and group lessons for all levels of drawing and painting: contact BetinaFink@gmail.com.

Summer Fine Arts (since 2016)

Academy Math and Sciences (since 2016)

1995 –2015: The Drawing Studio, Tucson, Arizona. Oil painting, pastel drawing and color theory. Founding teaching artist and manager.

Awards

First place, Tucson Plein Air Annual Fall Show, 2015

Program grants in conjunction with The Drawing Studio (2002-2014): National Endowment of the Arts; Arizona Commision on the Arts, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Target.

 

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