Heather Betts was born in Sydney, Australia in 1962. She gained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the City Art Institute, studying viola and visual arts. Moving to Berlin in the 80s she focused on the visual arts, gaining an MA at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She currently spends her time between Melbourne and Berlin.
Classical music provides a continual backdrop and force behind her whole working process. Her paintings are developed in series, many of which have been inspired by operas or dramatic musical compositions. There is a performative aspect to the paintings as the figures come to life through the narratives and personae, as well as the artist’s own experience.