Betty Handmacher's work express her cultural, ancestral and traditional background. She is a native of Atlanta GA but her ethnicity forms part of a minority.
Handmacher absorbs the ideas and culture of her minority group and integrate it into the wider American society. She says: "I feel this theme has universal appeal"
Of her latest work she says that it relates to her family, most of whom are gone, and the past in which they lived. She uses embroidery, paper, fabric, lace, photography, drawing, ribbon, buttons and some paint to express the melancholy aura on raw canvas.