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girl and her duck

Angela Bettess is an Australian artist, illustrator and web designer.

Angela lives at Uralba in the Northern Rivers area of NSW close to Byron Bay. Diversity is important to her and reflects her interests in oil painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media and computer graphics.

Colour and texture feature in the works, stemming from her childhood love of fabrics, wools and embroidery cottons. The colours and lustre of oil paints, use of silk threads and application of coloured papers are all important to allow expression of ideas through her art works.

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coloured Rex

"diary of the White Duck" series

This series was inspired by a dream of a painting of our White Duck. The White Duck just appeared one day on our dam ...it was different to the others and I wondered where and how it had come to stay with us. The dream was about the journey of the White Duck.

My involvement with the White Duck led to my development of the series about soul mates. The White Duck and its Dog are soul mates. They signify the perpetual nature of soul mates and give me great pleasure, as I hope they give others.

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man searching for his bluebird

"in search of the bluebird" series

“In search of the bluebird" is a series about the search for happiness. The crossroads of life influence who we are and how we perceive the world. People often search for the road to happiness... but sometimes it is already there and hasn't been noticed... this series of works is a contemplation about the elusive bluebird...

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man recieving gift of the bluebird on a stick

"night times" series

Often at night the lighting is more dramatic with sharpness of contrast. Even the bluebird of happiness has a sense of drama attached to it. This series uses forms of light not available during the day and “night times’ shows moonlight, candle light and artificial light on a background of darkness. It is intriguing when the lights go out at a birthday party and the only glow comes from the small birthday candles. Such a weak source of light immediately gains significance. At night time, emotions are also magnified and, in this series, the bluebird is noticed.

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men holding striped socks for the washing line

"the Australian Dream" series

“The Australian Dream” series was inspired by Australians and their iconography. My love of colour and the intensity of the colours of the Australian landscape were complimentary factors. In this series, marriage and the family home feature as being traditionally Australian. But the innate affection for the cattle dog, the “dunny-out-the-back” and the FX and FJ Holdens meant these icons also became features of the series. As the series progressed, the concepts of commonality yet individuality appeared. And for anyone who has ever had them … who can forget home-knitted socks!

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disgruntled cat on a wall

"the decorated cat" series

“The decorated cat” includes oil paintings, ink drawings and mixed media works on canvas.

This series is about women and all their strengths. Historically in art, cats have been portrayed in the female gender and , conversely, women have often been portrayed as cats or with cats... and so the decorated cat.

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bottle trees

"growing diamonds" series

“Growing diamonds” is a series of mixed media works on canvas.

This series is inspired by a road trip to north-western Queensland. The colours and rawness of the landscape creates the focus with reminders of bottle trees, cattle dogs, the stockman and the long distances between towns.

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cup cakes

"all about love" series

“All about love” is a series of oil paintings on canvas.

This series shows gestures of love. Cup cakes are exquisite objects of art which are made with meticulous care represented by love.

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birds

"in my garden" series

“In my garden” is a series of mixed media works on canvas.

This series shows all that is around me in the beautiful valley of birds in which I live. The supreme presence of the enormous gum tree is a magnificent home for many of the birds.

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chair

"from the inside"

This series is about being on the inside and looking at to the future. It is about contemplation and the power of inspiration.

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doll

"dolls my mother gave me..."

This series is in memory of my childhood. My mother loved dolls and would always be excited to give me another doll for a special gift.

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girl and bird

"surprises"

Surprises is about my love of children and their wonderful imaginations

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