Meet Artist Betsy Halford of Monkey Girl Artwork…
My name is Betsy Halford and I am a self taught, mixed media, assemblage artist. My art incorporates found and repurposed materials making each piece unique. In addition to the found materials I use in my art, I will include oils, acrylics and/or wax.
Inspiration for my artwork comes from life. Many of my pieces are inspired by personal experiences, dreams and/or meditations, memories both real and imagined, as well as reactions to societal or global issues.
I have been collecting the materials for my art all of my life. I started collecting “treasures” as a small child growing up in South Carolina where I was influenced by my parents who were both passionate collectors of “treasures.” I have continued to gather treasures everywhere I go – from back roads to the city streets. I am always on the look out for items that others have “disposed of,“ with the intent of transforming them into something wonderful.
In 2013, I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona from Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, Mark, our two cats, Priscilla and Eva and our dog, Laila.