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RedDot Reader Profile | Betty Jo Costanzo | by Jason Horejs February 27, 2017
Betty Jo Costanzo’s award winning art has been described as “getting lost with a purpose” and “what a place would be like if you belonged there.” She says her influences range from John Cage to film director Alain Resnais. The late and great Jay Defeo, her longtime mentor and friend, continues to be the most significant influence. And now, Ms Costanzo reveals that for more than a decade her true inspiration is being on the land or in the water of our magnificent planet and her oceans.
Her works are held in corporate, private and public collections around the world and her public exhibitions and residencies span four decades both regionally and internationally. She’s lived in São Paulo, Brazil and on both coasts of the United States. The former associate professor at California College of the Arts has also worked and taught around the world, including England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Cyprus. She now maintains a full-time studio practice based in Seattle, Washington.
Her latest LIVING OCEANS series is a call to action for all who love the beauty of our planet Earth. These oil paintings, often quite large, have been in process since mid 2018 and she is now working from the video footage of the Humpback Whales she filmed in the waters off Maui. This October she will be swimming with and filming these gentle giants in Tonga.