“The Betties” were formed after fusing my creative warm ups and illustrations of the female form. When I begin working, I play with watercolors and gouache exploring color and abstract visuals. The freedom of free-flow painting cultivates a creative mindset, as working with black ink can often feel limiting if not in the right headspace. These abstract swatches became the color palettes when I brought color to my sketches, eventually turning into the current series you see now. The Bettie Series, an honor of women and all their glory, are named as a nod to the original pin-ups: Betty Grable and Bettie Page.