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."


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


Sails off the Cape by Betty Pieper


Sails off Sand Island by Betty Pieper


Ancestral Woodlands in the Moonlight by Betty Pieper


Neighbor's Woods by Betty Pieper


Lone Maple Dying by Betty Pieper


Dead and Lonely by Betty Pieper


Cat Friends Watching the World Go By by Betty Pieper


Karma Cat by Betty Pieper


Cat and Bird by Betty Pieper


Frilly Pink Flower of Iris Ilk by Betty Pieper


Purple Flower by Betty Pieper


Red Tulip Up Close and Personal with Yellow Stamen by Betty Pieper


Orange Lily with Pussy Willows by Betty Pieper


Shack on the Bay by Betty Pieper


Ruins in Shades of Gray by Betty Pieper


Two Pelicans Up Close and Personal by Betty Pieper


Echo of My Fantasy Boat by Betty Pieper


Memory Chip in My Mind by Betty Pieper


Abstract with Detail by Betty Pieper


Visions of bridges and cities from the shadows of my mind by Betty Pieper


Stand of Trees in Distance by Betty Pieper


Fairway in Early Spring by Betty Pieper


The Clearing by Betty Pieper


My Maple Tree Alive and Dead by Betty Pieper


Boat on Shore Line with Trees on Land by Betty Pieper


Neighbor's Woods by Betty Pieper


Summer is Too Short at the Lake by Betty Pieper


Lake Landscape by Betty Pieper


Still Life in Lavender and Blue by Betty Pieper


Farmhouse in Spring Again by Betty Pieper


Blue Fog Abstract by Betty Pieper


Stage Door by Betty Pieper


Eden in-Waiting by Betty Pieper