Artist's Statement

I continue to be challenged by the desire to pursue all my interests in the arts with equal dedication. In the listening to and performance of music I am closest to the Creation. The designing and woodwork of furniture making gives me purpose, the knowledge that I am creating something useful. Painting brings me closest to the veneration of beauty and a contemplative inner peace. And in instrument making, lutherie, I have the delightful mingling of all these experiences. It is a living art. An instrument of music is not merely attractive or instructive as a painting, or useful as a piece of furniture, but alive. It takes a person, a personality, to breathe life into and brings joy to both player and listener alike.

So I speak of my furniture in terms of its origin in history, but knowing as an artist I have the license to create new forms. There is the awareness that my furniture, likewise with my instruments, if they are built well, and fair with the fortunes of time, may outlive me a great number of years. Conversely, so much of my painting is for myself. It's how I relate to what is important in my world. What fascinate me are the people in my life and the landscape in which we all exist. Architecture holds the allure of history and the story of mankind which can be found in the dwellings we make for ourselves and how we adorn them. There is the excitement of seeing the structure rise from the drawings you created, which previously existed only in your mind.

In the past four years, since I last sat down to reflect on my work as an artist, I have come again to Architecture as the most effective outlet for my creativity. A career in Lutherie is elusive and I find that I have several more lessons to learn before I undertake that craft as profession. Building is the passion. Whether it is a house or a lute, my excitement over the work is in conceptualizing a thing of beauty and of usefulness and then making it a reality, with the skill of my own hands and the knowledge that years of diligent study and persistent questioning have brought. With these creative outlets I am participating in the centuries of craftsmen who revel in the creative process and desire to reflect back to our neighbors the best qualities of living. It is our "greatest joy meeting the world's greatest need."

Through these creative pathways I experience the world and give back to it. I see something of interest in every place I visit and every person I meet. These experiences continue to shape my ideas about the art of creation and my role as an artist.


Daniel J Betsill

BFA, Interior Design, University of Georgia, Athens, 1995







Bring it HOME.