Betty Pieper


Scotia, , NY


Betty Pieper received her first set of oils at the age of ten and has been painting ever since. Her work has been selected by prominent jurors for prestigious regional and national exhibitions and is owned by people throughout the country. Before the age of five, Betty had lived on Dean Street in Brooklyn, on Forsythe Street in Manhattan, on an estate in Westchester county, and with her grandparents in rural New York. She watched her father build their house nearby only to sell it and announce a move to California. In San Bernardino she lived in a trailer park and later in a rural farmhouse without running water, then in an historic mansion with an Indian cellar. How did this itinerant childhood influence her art?

"I learned to expect the unexpected...going to sleep in a car in the darkness of the mountains and waking up to endless desert. Or, seeing the glitter and glow of Las Vegas from the rear window at night and then waking to a sunrise ahead lighting a boulevard of palm trees in California. I had never seen a palm tree before! And how many children can draw and color all day at school? I was allowed to do so because the teacher and the migrant kids spoke only Spanish and I had not a clue. In Canajoharie, I went to the library every day after school. Who knew that the paintings I scrutinized every time I looked up from my homework were original Winslow Homers and other world class art from the Arkell collection?

Later, in Schenectady, my passion for painting ignited from watching the late Salvatore Cascio paint. His way of seeing, his facile rendering of water colors, his innovation astounded me. That he thought I could be another Georgia O'Keefe (I didn't know the name!) didn't hurt either. Yet, I found this well known, talented mentor because he was art director for General Electric Company in Schenectady - yet another move. The past is parent to the present in creative work."

Realizing that my art is intensely personal and autobiographical, I created a series of small works titled, "It's My Life". My search for roots and stability is further expressed in "Six Generations of Women" - life size painted figures from my great grandmother through my granddaughter. For many years now I have lived in the town where my father built our first house and just over the ridge from where my great grandparents settled over a century ago."


At Work on The Innocents by Betty Pieper


The Innocents by Betty Pieper


Red Field Landscape by Betty Pieper


Nude with Nose in Book by Betty Pieper


Nude After Matisse by Betty Pieper


Beach Path at Night by Betty Pieper


Home on the Range by Betty Pieper


Irises en Mass by Betty Pieper


Abstract Flowers by Betty Pieper


Adirondack Spring by Betty Pieper


Softlit Forest by Betty Pieper


Morning on the Point by Betty Pieper


Spring Coming by Betty Pieper


Campus by Betty Pieper


Moonlight on Path to Beach by Betty Pieper


Pink and Green Spring on the Hillside by Betty Pieper


The Empty Blue Canvas Chair by Betty Pieper


The Elements by Betty Pieper


Secret Garden by Betty Pieper


The Hills Are Alive by Betty Pieper


Summer Coming Down Final Version by Betty Pieper


Sails and Sun by Betty Pieper


Green Horse Pasture by Betty Pieper


Tree Imagery by Betty Pieper


Fire and Ice by Betty Pieper


Never Dark in the Forest by Betty Pieper


Flowering by Betty Pieper


Across the Street from My Window Sill by Betty Pieper


Still Life of Red Flowers in Yellow Jug by Betty Pieper


Floral Fiesta with Hola by Betty Pieper


Goldfish Wants to Get Out of Here by Betty Pieper


Pelicans Up Close and Personal by Betty Pieper


Watchful American Icon by Betty Pieper


Gossip Between Birds by Betty Pieper


Newborn by Betty Pieper


Tired Child in Fairy Costume by Betty Pieper


Nude in Paper Doll Dress by Betty Pieper


Apartment of French Dancer by Betty Pieper


Want to Get Out of Here by Betty Pieper


Cat and Bird by Betty Pieper


Nothing as Fine as a Friend by Betty Pieper


It's a Jungle Out There by Betty Pieper


Trees with Orange Sky and Hot Red Sun by Betty Pieper


Fiesta Floral Still Life by Betty Pieper


Fish and Bagel for Breakfast by Betty Pieper


Street from My Window by Betty Pieper


My Mohawk by Betty Pieper


Reflections on Sails and Canvas by Betty Pieper