All my life, I’ve been a horsey girl and have gotten to do just about everything on horseback, from foxhunting in Virginia to trailing cows in the Missouri Breaks of Montana; showing jumpers to starting colts. As a painter and sculptor my strength comes from depicting what I know: horses and cows, sheep, dogs — all the four-leggeds I live with, and observe daily. Cows and sheep both lend themselves to abstraction, because they have an endearing blockiness, and because they’re cud chewers, and they lie around a lot. A horse is a lot of weight and power on perilously thin legs, balanced and beautiful, stalwart and frisky. It’s hard to better an honest horse.
Betsey Hurd received her BFA, cum laude, from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 1984, with concentrations in ceramics and drawing.
I don’t ever remember feeling any separation from animals, and early on I realized I felt more at home on four legs than two (riding). So this work, my paintings and sculptures, are all about relationships that I have or seek to have. They are about the groundedness I feel, especially with horses, who outweigh us about tenfold and yet allow us to climb on top of them, be “in charge”, and agree to share the journey of life, everyday. The polymorphic fabulism pieces are how I see the integration of species—no separation. We are all one.
Betsey Hurd is represented in Helena, Montana by 1+1=1 Gallery. Her art is available for viewing during regular business hours at the gallery located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Please contact us for more information about Betsey’s artwork.