Name: Tania Betancourt Location: Brooklyn, NY
So we’re going to start with the difficult question: sum up your creative process in one word/phrase, and explain why!
Sentient. You have to feel it. I have a very raw process. I essentially “check out.” I allow myself to get lost in my work. I allow everything that I am feeling to organically pour out, literally and figuratively. I find that most people who look at my work “get it or don’t.”
Were you always an artist, even as a child? What was your path to becoming an artist?
I have definitely always been an artist in some capacity or other, and have had a number of experiences that have led me to where I am today. Some of these experiences include my military background, various relationships, and travels. I found that one way to best express my joys and sorrows is through creative means.
What is your medium of choice and what drew you to this particular medium?
I’ve used many varieties of medium. Some of my favorites include acrylic on canvas, and pencil or pen paper. They work for me, I just enjoy them.
Is there any particular experience, person, place or thing that inspires you to create? Tell us about that.
My entire life! Most of all, a very special friend of mine. I find that the connection we have is unique and particularly fulfilling. Oftentimes I write and paint to his music.
What is it like showing your work to people and what do you hope people take away from it?
I enjoy sharing my work a great deal. I hope that when people view my work, that they are moved. I want to know how it makes them feel more than whether or not they “like” it. Of course, it’s always a good feeling when someone expresses an appreciation or understanding of a particular piece.
What advice do you have for other artists who may be looking to get their work exhibited?
Go for it! Don’t doubt. Don’t hesitate. Most of all, don’t hold back. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Take a chance. You may receive positive feedback or negative feedback. But, if you don’t put yourself and your work out there, nothing will happen. Believe in yourself first, then worry about whether or not someone else believes in you.