"My work is a personal interpretation of abstract landscapes based on places I’ve been to or wish to visit. I use cartography style imagery and grids to evoke abstract maps, satellite views and architectural structures. My desire is to create a dialogue about sprawl, migration and our encroachment into nature and space."
Anastessia Bettas is a Toronto based, Canadian visual artist. She is represented the Petroff Gallery. Her paintings can be found in private collections in North America and Europe. Her work was featured in the Elaine Fleck Contemporary Art magazine as an emerging artist to watch and was shown in the prestigious Latcham Gallery’s Annual Juried Exhibition. Bettas' “District” painting is part of the permanent collection in the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bettas is a founding member of the CERA Arts Collective; a group of Ontario based encaustic artists. She is an expert in the use of encaustic paint having over 15 years' experience; has lectured on the topic and given workshops. Artists who have influenced her include Joan Mitchell, Agnes Martin, and encaustic masters, Jasper Johns and Brice Marden.
Bettas is a graduate of McGill University with an Art History and Literature degree and the Toronto School of Art with a Fine Arts diploma (three-year program) in Painting and Drawing. She has been exhibiting in juried shows in Canada and the USA since she was an art student and her works have received numerous accolades such as being featured in local publications and on television.
Before studying visual arts, Bettas worked as a marketing executive accomplishing extraordinary success in strategic marketing initiatives, operations and account management. In her last corporate position, she was the Head of Marketing Operations at AOL Canada Inc.