Oh Hey, It's Me, Your Friend Betty Turbo, AMA

Inspired by @boygirlparty
  1. Hi listers! I'm Betty Turbo on the interwebs and in the art world, but my name is actually Agnes. This is me!
  2. I'm an artist, I have had some other wonderful and terrible jobs along the way (All The Jobs I Have Had), but art has been my full-time gig for the past 5+ years.
  3. I grew up in Alaska (I Grew Up In Alaska) and I also lived in California, Portugal, New York, and Tennessee before ending up in Oregon, where I live now.
  4. I enjoy totally pointless stories about minor celebrity encounters, family resemblances, wrestling, dessert, detective shows, storytelling in all forms, outer space, snow, the occult, and when you meet artists and they look like one of their own works of art.
  5. Ask me anything! 🌈
  6. What is the best (simple) thing to do to cheer you up?
    Suggested by   @estherlimtf
  7. My answer is not actually "wear a poncho" but that the sure way to make me smile is any line from The Mighty Boosh!
  8. tell us a pointless story about a minor celebrity encounter!
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  9. @boygirlparty 😂 One time Robert Plant commissioned a cake from me through a mutual friend! It was supposed to have the Welsh flag on it. That seemed easy enough. "And," my friend continued, "Robert wants to know it there could be King Arthur amongst some rolling hills in the background?" I said no way. 🍰
    It was only a 14x14" cake. Be reasonable. I compromised by also making a fake label for a vodka bottle with a picture of the Welsh cake recipient passed out drunk.
  10. favorite art materials?
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  11. @boygirlparty 🎨 Acrylic paints on wood panels and vintage serving trays, India ink and impossibly small brushes on Bristol, cardboard, felt, frosting!
  12. what are the biggest challenges and thrills of being a full time artist?
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  13. @boygirlparty The most challenging part (as you can probably relate) is the inconsistency! I never really know what to expect and it gives me tremendous anxiety... The thrills, though! That wacky unpredictability means when someone offers me random spontaneous adventures I can usually say yes!
    And really, drawing things and making things is just what I do all the time anyway... It's how I process the world and share my stories - how lucky that I get to stay in this creation mode for a career now too! I never get tired of that feeling when someone has a reaction to something I made and I can tell we are on the same wavelength for a moment... When people commission art as gifts and I get to be part of that exchange, whoa feelings!
  14. That answer started getting way more woo woo than intended... It's been a long day of drawing people crying, I'm in a weird place!! 😂😂😭😭😭
  15. Do you feel that your current work is, overall, an accurate portrayal of who you are as a person? as an artist?
    Suggested by   @Melodie
  16. @Melodie Whoa that's a doozy... Well I will say, even in commercial commissions that seem silly and insignificant, I try to bring my values and strongest feelings into the mix when I can. The feeling of accurately/authentically representing myself comes during the *making* of things, but most often as soon as I finish something it's old news...
    And I'm already trying to evolve into something else. While I have pieces of myself represented, I am forever feeling like I have WAY more ideas that haven't been expressed yet or I haven't had time to draw... But in the sense that people usually only know a small amount about me compared to everything I'm about, I guess that's a telling portrayal as well. I suppose feeling unsatisfied, like there's more work that MUST be made, is what leads people to devote their lives to art making?
  17. What's a common misconception Lower 48ers (?) have about Alaskans?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  18. @andersun That Sarah Palin is representative of Alaska and all its residents! I mean, I guess someone elected her but... I don't know any of those people.
    It's a land of extremes, for sure. I grew up in the weirdo artist end of the spectrum and wish the amazing athletes, farmers of giant produce, and scientists got more exposure instead!
  19. What do people in Alaska call people who live in the lower 48 states?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  20. @andersun Mostly jokingly: Outsiders. If you are visiting a tourist establishment: Cheechakos.