About The Artist
Hi, I’m Betsie. I make art to remind people of the delights all around us.
I work in a studio in Garden City, Idaho, where I take inspiration from the local food growers and surrounding landscapes for my oil paintings. I sell my artwork at Capitol Contemporary Gallery, fine art fairs, BOSCO (Boise Open Studio Collective Org), and by commission. I earned a double-major at the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and Journalism, including a study abroad session in Sienna, Italy.
When not painting, you can find me dancing like a goofball with my seven-year-old, running in the foothills, camping with my family and ancient dog, mountain biking, meditating, laughing loudly and frequently, or reading a novel by the wood burning stove in our 1917 home.
I pay homage to life in the West from land to table in my oil paintings. I paint real subjects that spring my spirit to life, whether that’s a made-from-scratch donut or an empowered young woman guiding her horse from an impending mountain storm. Joy exists in each present moment. We must pause our busy brains to see it, and I hope my paintings help you hit pause. To observe the beauty, the light, in every little detail is to truly witness the perfection of the universe. I want viewers to feel present with my subject matter and believe it exists, like you could reach into the canvas and squeeze a lemon or feel the texture of a bison.
My landscape paintings capture those moments when nature enraptures us with the power of a fleeting moment, like a gift we earned for being present with the environment. I work with professional wildlife photographers and my own photos on outdoor adventures. I’m inspired by striking colors, powerful weather and scenes in nature that tell a story.
I stray from a stuffy take on realist still life by setting up subjects in personified compositions—occasionally a bit naughty—and use humorous titles to push the irreverence. I bring attention to the visual exquisiteness of fresh produce, these luscious gifts from the earth.