POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- A storyteller at heart, artist Betsy Podlach’s work takes shape through the beautiful images that inspire her and residents will be able to view her works during an exhibit at the Lionhearted Gallery from Dec. 16 to Feb. 29.
Visitors can expect to encounters her works featuring richly detailed fabrics, couture fashion and the human form that take center stage in her art. Her portrait paintings, Matisse-like and expressive in color and style, celebrate the beauty of the naked body, intimately, insightfully and always in awe “of the way the shapes and curves all go together so naturally and beautifully.”
“Betsy Podlach’s work is striking on every level,” said Susan Grissom, director of the Lionheart Gallery. “She is truly an artist in every sense of the word, with an original style and expression that is uniquely hers. She puts herself into each of her paintings, literally and figuratively, using her own body as a model to convey the natural beauty she finds in the women and couples she portrays.”
A Harvard University graduate and a Watson scholar, Podlach studied literature and writing in college, fascinated by the stories that unfolded in the great novels she read. While she loved reading, she wasn’t overly fond of writing. Her paintbrush became her pen of choice and she has colored her way into private and corporate collections around the world by art enthusiasts who relish her interpretative “storytelling” painting style.
“I grew up around beautiful fabrics, thanks to my mother who was an avid seamstress, and am intrigued by the high fashion designers like Christian Dior and Chanel, whom she became familiar with when she lived in Paris. I love to add hints of their fine fabrics and fashions in my paintings to enhance the stories my work suggests,” Podlach said.
The gallery, at 27 Westchester Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m., Sundays. For information, visit www.thelionheartgallery.com or call 914-764-8689.