Born in Lisbon, Isabel Maria Contreras do Botelho has been painting and drawing for some time. Works in a private organization as teacher of Arts in Painting and Drawing.
Although personally assumed as figurative, her paintings have a personal life, gestural and intuitive but, simultaneously, conceptual and marked by symbologies.
Memoires and spiritual moods, images of objects seen in the past, in places and moments perhaps imagined.
She works with various types of materials, oils, acrylics, pastels, guaches and water colours, indian-inks.
Has always followed an independent streak, transforming her artistic creations in very personal scenes, full of meaning.
The teaching of Painting has meant a continuous way of “learning through her students...”.
The Azores Islands and Galiza, are in her blood, together with her experiences of Lisbon where she lives, and the Alentejo where she spent large periods of her childhood.