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."


Time Out for de kooning in a Chair in a Corner by Betty Pieper


Tenement Kitchen by Betty Pieper


Farmhouse Down My Road in Spring by Betty Pieper


Farmhouse in Summer2 by Betty Pieper


My Kind of City by Betty Pieper


Country Village by Betty Pieper


White Church and White Trees with Blue and Green by Betty Pieper


Cobalt Blue Haven Country Village by Betty Pieper


Woman Sitting by Window by Betty Pieper


Lamp and Book with Fruit at Hand by Betty Pieper


Bavarian Breakfast with Strawberry Milk by Betty Pieper


Girl with Cat Close at Foot by Betty Pieper


Abstract with Cadmium Red by Betty Pieper


Trees and White Farm House by Betty Pieper


Rural Mailbox with Letter to City Cousin by Betty Pieper


Moon and River by Betty Pieper


Moon Over Waterfront Buildings by Betty Pieper


abstract sail with Number Fifty by Betty Pieper


Power of Black and Light by Betty Pieper


Waterfront Renewal Two by Betty Pieper


Feathers and Ink Still Life by Betty Pieper


Yellow Dahlias and Blue Chair by Betty Pieper


Moon and Lagune by Betty Pieper


Modern Geranium in Pot on Deck Rail by Betty Pieper


Buck Moon 2 by Betty Pieper


Into the Woods Abstract by Betty Pieper


Goldfish Set to Go Rogue by Betty Pieper


Cosmic Reorganization at the Foot of God by Betty Pieper


Yellow Moon in a Blue Bucket by Betty Pieper


Distraction Abstraction by Betty Pieper


Inside and Outside Abstract Expressionism by Betty Pieper


Sailing by Betty Pieper


Easel Next to Window by Betty Pieper


Trees by Betty Pieper


Lemon Willow by Betty Pieper


Flowers and Vase by Betty Pieper


Plants in Potting Shed by Betty Pieper


Tall Purple Blooms and Green Foliage by Betty Pieper


Cascade of Pink Blossums by Betty Pieper


White Tree Abstraction by Betty Pieper


Another Crack in My Bridge by Betty Pieper


Buck Moon 1 by Betty Pieper


Urban Water Front Abstract by Betty Pieper


One World by Betty Pieper


Smug Bird Gossip by Betty Pieper


Watchful American Icon by Betty Pieper


Southwest Scene After Gauguin by Betty Pieper


Serene Spring of Life at Zion by Betty Pieper