In 2011, while still engaged in her career as a physician, Betty began to pursue the creative art of oil painting, an art form she has greatly admired throughout her life. Studying at Austin Fine Art under artist Elizabeth Locke, she focused on oil painting techniques applied to still life painting. Upon retiring from her medical career in 2018, Betty moved from Austin to her family’s ranch near Fischer Texas. Living in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, with its endless opportunities to observe nature, inspired Betty to further pursue her art through landscape painting. Her continued educational focus on the art of painting includes study with Lilli Pell, an impressionist artist, teacher and friend well known for her incredible Hill Country landscapes.
Now in her second decade of painting, Betty says “I love how oil painting is a lifelong learning challenge. As with medicine, the study of painting not only encompasses technique and skill, but also the art of ‘seeing’ the beauty of nature in all of its simplicity and complexity. I am particularly inspired by light’s intricate ever-changing relationship between sky and land, from sunup to sundown and throughout the changing seasons. Both at home at our Texas ranch or in my frequent travels to New Mexico, I have found great joy in observing nature's majestic creations and in transforming them through painting.”