A Collection of Images by Bette Ridgeway


A Beautiful Chaos, acrylic-gold, 46×48, 2023

A Delicate Balance, acrylic gold silver & bronze, 62 x 48, 2023

All That Glitters, acrylic gold copper & bronze, 66 x 44, 2023

Heartbreak III, acrylic tears rainwater gold & bronze, 60 x 48, 2023

Morning Light, acrylic gold bronze & copper, 58 x 48, 2023

Mother Nature’s Playground, acrylic bronze, 58 x 40, 2023

Nocturne, acrylic bronze & gold, 50 x 90, 2023

Opposites Attract, acrylic gold bronze & silver, 62 x 48, 2023

Other Worlds, acrylic, 32 x 46, 2022


Bette Ridgeway is best known for her large-scale, luminous poured canvases that push the boundaries of  light, color and design. Her youth spent in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and  her extensive global travel have informed her colorful palette. For the past two decades, the high desert  light of Santa Fe, NM has fueled Ridgeway’s art practice. 

Her three decades of mentorship by the acclaimed Abstract Expressionist Paul Jenkins set her on her  lifetime journey of non-objective painting on large canvas. She explores the interrelation and change of  color in various conditions and on a variety of surfaces. Her artistic foundations in line drawing,  watercolor, graphic design, and oils gave way to acrylics, which she found to be more versatile for her  layering technique. Ridgeway has spent the last 30 years developing her signature technique, called  “layering light,” in which she uses many layers of thin, transparent acrylics on linen and canvas to  produce a fluidity and viscosity similar to traditional watercolor. Delving further, Ridgeway expanded her  work into 3D, joining paint and resin to aluminum and steel with sculptures of minimal towers.  

Ridgeway depicts movement in her work, sometimes kinetic and full of emotion, sometimes bold and  masterful, sometimes languid and tentative. She sees herself as the channel, the work comes through  her but it is not hers. It goes out into the world – it has a life of its own.

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