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 in you—that you may see it, too. 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.
I take a playful approach to still life painting and use humorous titles to push the irreverence. I seek to bring attention to the visual exquisiteness of fresh produce, the seemingly everyday objects that provide us sustenance. I purchase fruit, vegetables and even donuts for my subjects grown sustainably and locally when possible.
For landscapes, I work with professional photographers for wildlife reference photos and my own photos on outdoor adventures. I feel most drawn to intense light, powerful weather, and striking colors. I 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.
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 four-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: BetsieRichardsonArt.com