Friday, June 18, 2010

Morning Craft painter & illustrator - Betsy Walton

Betsy Walton is a native of Kansan,  who now calls Portland, Oregon home. In 2006, she left a full time job to become a painter and illustrator. Since then, Betsy has been painting day and night, answering emails, shipping packages, and meeting fascinating new people at every turn. Betsy exclaims, "I am truly grateful for the support and encouragement I have received along the way".

As a painter, she work with galleries and collectors, and on personal projects. Many of her paintings and drawings explore the tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments that we find in everyday life.The idea that we can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time. Interesting.

Betsy's style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters.
She always works with a spontaneous approach and few expectations of specific results. Betsy rarely sketches preliminary drawings before diving into a painting, in the belief that the image formed through the painting process itself will be rich, revealing, and vital.

For clients, her illustrations of all shapes and sizes appear on products,
 in print, and online.

Betsy decided that in 2010, she would donated 5% of each month's sales
 to Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty
 and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and
 just communities.

To find out more about Betsy or purchase her work, please visit her at

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