Botts’ work is a dialogue between her spirit, the spirit of God and the spirit of her subject matter, which is predominately animals in nature. It is a journey that has a beginning and an unknown ending; the ending only discovered through the physical act of painting. As Betty puts paint on the canvas, it begins to take on a life of its own, dictating the colors and shapes. Like a metamorphosis, the painting is transformed, taking on life and spirit. This is a mystery that only the “spirit” knows. Botts is simply the vessel. The hardest part for Botts is to separate herself from her work and relinquish control. She attempts to separate her cognitive or intellectual thinking in favor of reacting and responding on an intuitive level.
Betty Foy Botts is the daughter of former Governor of Georgia, Carl E. Sanders, and artist, Betty Foy Sanders. Since early childhood she was influenced by her mother’s achievements in fine art painting and the Georgia Arts community. She currently works from her personal studio in Atlanta. Botts is collected by many individuals and corporations throughout the Southeast. She is also part of the Betty Foy Sanders Art Collection at Georgia Southern University. Meet Botts at the reception, which is free and open to the public.
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