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