Hi, I’m Betsie, an oil painter based in Garden City. I make art to remind people of the joy that exists all around us and to reflect the higher consciousness I see possible.
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.
Find my work at Capitol Contemporary Gallery, fine art fairs, BOSCO, online and by commission. I earned a double-major at the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and Journalism. When not painting, you can find me chasing my five-year-old, reading, running in the foothills with my dog, camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, meditating, dancing, or laughing loudly and frequently.
Visit her at: BetsieRichardson.com
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