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Betty Hock’s art takes first place

“Somewhere in Time” by Betty Hock (courtesy of San Diego Watercolor Society)

Betty Hock’s art takes first place  

Scripps Ranch artist Betty Hock won first place in the highly competitive November Members Show on display in the San Diego Watercolor Society gallery, 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station.

Hock’s painting titled “Somewhere in Time” was selected by nationally known juror Barbara Tapp out of nearly 300 entries for this honor.

“I have a love for the chaos and abstractness in this painting. Although that takes a tremendous amount of calculation, the work is so free. The light source comes in from two directions, which is very pleasing. There is a motion between colors,” Tapp said of the painting. “This is a true abstract without being obvious that it is so intentionally done, but with unintentional aspects that create a dynamic and exciting painting.”

Hock is a native of New York City and a graduate of The City University of New York. After a teaching career at the community college level, she resumed the art education she had started years earlier. Her work has since been accepted into many juried exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the U.S. and other countries. They explore mood and mystery inspired by the natural world. The images come from reality, but it’s mostly imagination that fuels their creation. Working between realistic expression and abstraction, she often focuses on light to define the mood – to reflect a stillness, to capture a moment.

Hock’s work can be found at bettyhockfineart.com

The gallery exhibit will run through November and  may also be viewed at sdws.org.