Betsy Nelson

People are the focus of my art. After painting a landscape or still life, I always return to the human form. It is endlessly expressive.

I have benefited greatly from two island artists and teachers, Caroline Buchanan, my first teacher, and Terry Johnson, with whom I continue to study.

Painting is a wonderful, challenging, open-ended learning experience. Whatever the subject matter, I focus on the strength of the simplified image, color, and composition.