Betsy Kopmar is a painter, photographer, and director of experimental animations who lives and works in Berkeley, California.
Her award-winning abstract animations have shown in film festivals around the world where they were recognized for their unique combination of expressive graphics and arresting sound.
In awarding a prize to Kopmar's film "Night Fishing with Cormorants", the judges of Prix Simona Gesmundo Animation Festival described it as "A beautiful and fascinating work containing inspirations coming from a distant literary and pictorial past. By using them, with no naturalistic but absolutely modern strokes, the author manages to reach a perfect communion with the natural world".
Reverberations of Asian art flow naturally through these colorful images, balancing opposing energies of real and imaginary, new and time-worn. Her work is less a study of perception than it is an experience of feeling and spirit.
Honored by Adobe as a Master Teacher for her contributions to digital education, she has taught motion graphics and 3D design and animation at Bay Area colleges. An early adopter of vj tools for live performance graphics, she continues to explore the synergistic and improvisational work-flow these tools provide to video and animation artists.