About the Artist
Bettina Lancaster is a painter living in Santa Fe, NM. Her passions are painting, snowboarding, yoga, and her two children. She was born on the island of Bermuda, where her love of the natural world began. Since January 2013 she has been the owner of Flying Fish Studio, Gallery & Shop on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
I was born and grew up on an island. In Bermuda, houses are painted in pastels, the water is turquoise, and the beaches are pink. The magical world of Bermuda flora and fauna is at the heart of my work. Much of my time as a child in Bermuda was spent underwater, all the different shades of blue and green, the way the light refracts through water, catching glimpses of parrotfish, luminous jellyfish, and bright red coral. Watching flying fish from my uncles fishing boat, as they soared through the air. Being raised as a part of this world, created a passion for natural history, and I want to share that in my art.
My first memory of New Mexico is driving on a college road trip from California to the East Coast. We drove though Abiquiu as the sun went down, and the red earth came alive. I wrote in my journal that night that I knew I would one day live in New Mexico. In 1992, age 27, I did move to New Mexico and have lived here ever since. While painting the water imagery of my childhood, a parallel series of red work has emerged, related to that first visceral response to New Mexico earth.
I started making art eighteen years ago, when my first child was born. Having children set my creative life afire, and they are a continuous source of inspiration for me. I started out making small drawings in coloured pencils and oil pastels. My work grew in size as my children did.
Photograph by Anne Staveley