Supernatural experiences heavily influence the subjects in Betsy’s art. While in her late teens, Betsy had a powerful experience of precognition through a dream in which she felt she floated out of her body, through the ceiling, and then hovered over her home.
There, she watched a man trying to enter her bedroom through its window and immediately moved back into her body, bolting upright in fright. Betsy raced over to her window, locked it, and was relieved nobody was there. But, the next night, her mother awakened Betsy in a panic as someone tried to break into that same bedroom window Betsy had fortuitously locked the night before. Betsy continues to explore the metaphysical through her work, believing, "our bodies are the vehicle of interface between the physical and our spiritual source.
R. Scott Long
Mark Winter refined his art of welding, metal working, and painting by owning his own auto body repair shop in the formative years of his adulthood. Upon realizing the unrest delivered by his curiosities and drive to create Mark quite quickly pursued a career as a full time sculptor. Still rooted in this beginning, Mark implements 100% recycled scrap metal and parts.
The found objects can and have been anything from tractor bodies to toaster elements to typewriter bits. Collect, sort, cut, manipulate. These are the precursors to Mark's process. He then welds them together into the highly emotive creatures he has become known for. Typically leaving the existing paint on the steel, Mark has mastered the balance of enhancing and resurrecting what was while simultaneously animating a commanding and novel presence in these one of a kind pieces of art. Mark resides in Milwaukee with his equally creative love, Beth Bojarski. Robots, hybrids, monsters. The aberrations of Mark Winter's mind demand your attention.