Artist – Bettina Sego
“Living on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, I am surrounded by water and an abundance of nature. Shades of blue and green from the water, sky and foliage, and the shimmering reflections of the intense sunlight greatly influence my artwork. My interpretation of nature, however, is less literal, but rather an abstract perception of the fragments and layers that give vibrancy to nature.
I work in series, which center around a theme. “Indigo” explores the shades of blue reflected by the Gulf of Mexico. In my “Transition” series, I emphasize the flow and graduation of color, as well as the “transition” from intensity to transparency. Initially, my “Rainbow” series was inspired by the variation of colors that surround me here on Anna Maria Island. However, the more I worked on this series, the more I felt, that on a different level, the lines and colors of this series symbolize different stages, experiences and feelings in life. That is why I also like to call it “Lifeline” series. In the collages of this series, there are layers and parallels. Some lines are straight, some intersect, some are longer, some shorter, fine, or bold. Just like life, which is full of color and variety.”
German-American artist Bettina Sego has always been drawn to exploring new countries and cultures and, of course, art. After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Heidelberg, she lived in San Francisco, where she met her husband and received her Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University. Sego then moved to Hamburg, Germany, where she received a Marketing degree and worked as a Product- and then Marketing Manager in the Cosmetics Industry. During these years Sego painted and took art classes in her free time. In 2000 she moved to the West Coast of Florida and concentrated entirely on experimenting with various art media, focusing on acrylics, mixed media and collage.
Sego has shown her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions at galleries, the Sarasota Symphony and the Florida Women’s Museums, and her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Germany and Canada. One of her collages was chosen to be the official image for the Sarasota Symphony’s 2016 Summer Festival and was featured on the cover of “Suncoast Living”. In December, Sego will show her work at Spectrum, a satellite venue of Art Basel / Art Miami.
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