It has been said that a persons demeanor is often affected by his or hers living environment and the energy, good or bad, that is gleaned from that environment. This was made evident to me when I first met Betsy Burbank. As I parked my car in the driveway of her home I had this calm feeling about the space. There sat this wonderful old farmhouse and its grounds with many shade trees, set back off the road, in a truly idyllic setting. When Betsy answered the door and invited me in, I could feel that same energy that I first encountered outside. She put me at ease and it wasn’t as if this was our first meeting. It was a good connection.

By profession, Betsy is a Holistic Veterinarian. A graduate of Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine and certifications in Veterinary Classical Homeopathy, she owned, with her husband Dr. Brad Kerr, the Companion Animal Hospital in Shallotte, NC. They cared for small animals, worked with area wildlife rehabilitators and rescue groups. After fifteen years, she retired from veterinary medicine to pursue her other passion, her art.

Betsy’s preferred media is pastel, oil and watercolor. One of her enjoyable subjects is painting pet portraits and she has has done several commissioned pieces. In addition to her paintings she also creates one of a kind purses, pillows, aprons and wall hangings from fabric. Betsy received the “Purchase Award” in 2007 for her pastel “Tibetan Refugee”. It is part of the permanent collection at the UNCW Library along with her oil painting “Eat Your Vegetables”, which won a merit award at the WAA Annual Spring Art Show. She won the Philip Werner Memorial Award in 2009 with her pastel “Love and Latte”. She is a member of the Wilmington Art Association and resides at her wonderful home with her husband, son, daughter, and also three dogs, and six cats, some of which I had the pleasure of meeting.

You can view some of her work in the Gallery at Wellspring Holistic Veterinary Care. I think a quote by Betsy about her art says it best: ” I am a very visual person and have been drawn to color, texture, and design since childhood. I made my first art kit out of a cardboard shoe box and filled it with construction paper, paint, glue, scissors, and other accessories. Today my “art box” is larger and more sophisticated, but just as exciting and enticing! I am inspired by life and find myself drawn to paint moments in time that feel spiritual”. Enough said.