Wrapped in a large towel, a little girl gazes across the river, with eyes full of innocence and ancient knowing. Childhood is being ever on the edge of knowing and not knowing… a magical place it was my honor to observe and hopefully capture in bronze.
Betty Branch earned both her BA and MA in Studio Art from Hollins University. Proficient in both Painting and Sculpture, served as an apprentice to acquire technical skills (Miles and Generalis Sculpture Services in Philadelphia), and embarked on periods of independent study to expand and reinforce her knowledge of art history and art techniques in Greece, Italy, and The Bahamas. She has spent a portion of many years working at Nicoli Studios in Carrara, Italy. And notably, she was the only American Exhibitor invited to the first Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine in Paris, 1990.
Over a thirty-year period, she has focused on the female form and has defined female rites of passage in both traditional and unorthodox media-bronze, stone, fiber, ceramic, terra cotta, earthenware, and straw. Branch’s award winning art has been exhibited internationally and has been the subject of television documentaries. Her works, from small to monumental, are in many private, corporate, university, and museum collections. She has produced a number of commissioned works, has had solo and group exhibitions, operates her own studio and gallery, has been included in many national and international publications including most recently ‘Sculpture Review’ and ‘National Sculpture Society’ and has exhibited in prestigious exhibitions including New York’s Annual International Art Exposition, and the Brookgreen Gardens Invitational, SC.