When you walk into Betty Brown’s studio you feel almost as if you are in a plein air setting. A wall of windows at the entrance lights up the space and my first thought was that it was a happy, bright studio, a perfect environment for creating art. It would work for any medium and it certainly has been used to its fullest by this very talented artist.

Betty Brown raised four children and when the last went off to school in 1975, she began painting full time. Her education background includes degrees from Queens University in Charlotte and UNCW and also studies under nationally recognized instructors. She mainly concentrates in studio and plein air painting, but being the true artist, also has interests in book art, assemblage/collage and writing. She travels extensively with other artist friends, recording those travels with her brushes, oils and watercolors. Betty also shares her painting knowledge and skills by conducting workshops. She conducts classes for individuals and groups in her studio on the use of oils and watercolors, and  gives plein air workshops in Pawleys Island,South Carolina and at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Betty is a program grant recipient and her art has been recognized with awards in national exhibitions. It appears in private and major corporate collections and traveling exhibitions worldwide. She also has had her work published in several magazines and books, as well as appearing in several movies on set. Betty’s paintings are in the permanent collection of the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum and Franklin Square Gallery. The accomplishments this woman has made in the art world are quite impressive and I am truly honored to be able to include her in this project.

You must take the time to experience the art of Betty Brown. Her work can be viewed in Wilmington at New Elements Gallery, 216 N. Front Street. For information call 910-343-8997. Drop by and see how this wonderful creative views her world.