Artist Information for Betty Hahn
I create art: paintings, quilts and domestic environments. I have always played with color. For 25 years I worked with interior designers, creating custom art, painting on walls, canvases, floors, fireplaces, tile, mirrors and any other surface that needed art. I also created quilts, having started at age 9 learning hand quilting, piecing and applique from my Grandmother.
In 1974 I began using the skills she taught me, making 1 or 2 quilts a year. In 2007, having retired from making art for designers, my quilting moved in a new direction: art quilts. I discovered my painting and quilting didn't need to be separate!
My work now is as much about painting as quilting. I use my domestic machine and my new frame mounted machine to add texture to my painted art. I sometimes quilt on the painted canvas, adding applique through the quilting process. I also have my paintings digitally printed on fabric and then over paint, applique and free motion stitch. Most of my work is intuitive, playing with color, line, shape and composition.
I am happiest doing commision work or answering a "call" for an exhibit.Images scroll down to view all
Land of Giants23"W x 61"H
my acrylic painting reproduced digitally on cotton sateen, over painted and machine quilted on track mounted machine.
Baby...Briefcase35" x 35"
Acrylic painting on canvas, machine quilted on track mounted machine
Escape II48"H x 60"W
Acrylic paint on canvas, appliqued with satin and silk, quilted on domestic machine
Not A City52"W x 28"H
A magnet (grandson aided) destroyed my computer screen. Its death dance was a series of pixelated images, 20 in all, that looked like landscapes and cityscapes. This piece is not a photo of New York. It is an imagined city created with quilting stitches over a digital print of one of the images.
Artichoke and Friends40"W x 50"H
My acrylic painting reproduced on silk, over painted and machine quilted on a track mounted machine.