She always carries a pen, sketch pad and iPhone. Her interest is ‘people in places’, catching glimpses of what it means to live in Australia today. Later, in the studio, she transfers selected sketches to a woodblock, carves the image, then uses a printing press to produce limited editions of black & white prints.
Born in Scotland, Betty Tan migrated to Australia in 1976. Twenty years ago, she retired from clinical practice as a consultant child psychiatrist and reinvented herself. She is now an artist, located in Toowoomba, Queensland.
She is following in the style of a long line of artists (the Expressionists (1900s), the New Woodblock Print of China (1930s-50s), Edvard Munch & Frans Masereel) who used the ancient craft of crude woodblock printmaking as a means of visual expression.
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