Bet has been drawing & painting since childhood. She is self taught and paints in all mediums. She has garnered awards for her colored pencil, watercolors, pastels, and dimensional collage work.
While living in Central Florida, she was active in:
The Art League of Daytona Beach
Brush & Palette Club
Art Guild of Ponce Inlet
Artist Workshop of New Smyrna Beach
Beaux Art of Volusia County
Florida Watercolor Society
She is now currently a member of:
Orange Park Artist Guild
Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA)
Bet has been drawing and painting since childhood. She won her first art award when she was eight years old. Most of her adult life has been working in sales and marketing that took precedence over her art. Her husband, Don, and she had an opportunity to move to Florida in the early-nineties. Bet found that handmade greeting cards were in demand and, of coarse, she ran with the idea. So much so, that she signed to be represented by an agent out of New York, “Constance Kay–a little piece of art”. She became one of Niemen Marcus’ top five designers. Pier-One wanted one of her cards…just the front. They wanted 14,000 to start! Regretfully, Bet had to say no to the request. She continued to make cards and started painting again.
The Daytona Art Guild became a second home. At the annual judged members show, she entered a dimensional mixed media piece. They asked “what is that?” She won first place and $200! So begun her fine art journey, where she studied, practiced, and studied more. Bet garnered many awards for her colored pencil, pastels, watercolor, and mixed media work. Teaching workshops were in demand from her for the mixed media work. She started her teaching and realized the fun. She had taken a few workshops and classes but always learned more by reading, watching videos, and practicing. Bet was writing articles for Senior Life of Florida and one of her friends did Illustrations. While watching her friend work with colored pencils, she decided to try them. She was hooked! Bet still has an interest in exploring different media; however, colored pencil is her chosen medium. She will tell you “They are not your children’s colored pencils!” She has always preferred realistic drawings and the colored pencil media gives the subtle details she prefers. They help her paint the details that create their character and personality.
For the ten years that Bet lived in Central Florida, she was an active member of the Art League of Daytona Beach, Artist Workshop of New Smyma Beach, Brush and Palette Club of Daytona, Art Guild of Ponce Inlet, and the Florida Watercolor Society. She was invited and honored to become a member of the elite Beaux Art of Volusia County. Today, Bet lives in Jacksonville, FL with her two Maltese dogs. When Don passed away in 2000, she went into a tail-spin for a few years. Bet is actively painting in her home studio. She paints from photographs that she prefers to take herself when asked to do realistic portraitures. Bet feels blessed that people respond to her colored pencil work the way they do. Her commissions mostly consist of people and pets. Children and Animals inspire her passion; she cannot help but to try and capture their likeness – their very essence – in her art.