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."


Trees and Meadow by Betty Pieper


Roots and Rock of Zion by Betty Pieper


Cacti with Red Rocks and RR Trestle by Betty Pieper


Waterfall in Modern Art by Betty Pieper


Susan B. Anthony Teaching in Canajoharie by Betty Pieper


West Hill School in Canajoharie New York by Betty Pieper


The Last Bell at West Hill School by Betty Pieper


Canajoharie Creek near Village by Betty Pieper


Sailing by Betty Pieper


Land Ho with Sail and Sea and Sky by Betty Pieper


Boy with Foot in Falls by Betty Pieper


Run River Run Over Rocks in the Sun by Betty Pieper


Girl Bathing in River Rapids by Betty Pieper


At Wintergreen Park Canajoharie 1957 by Betty Pieper


At Wintergreen Park Canajoharie by Betty Pieper


Girl Sitting on Rock by Water Falls by Betty Pieper


Fighting to Sail by Betty Pieper


Sailing the Wildflower by Betty Pieper


Sailboats with Red and Yellow Sails by Betty Pieper


House on the Point by Betty Pieper


Breakwater on the Great Sacandaga by Betty Pieper


Green Jug with Round Flowers by Betty Pieper


Stringed Instrument on Table by Betty Pieper


Our Town by Betty Pieper


Abstract Island Night and Day by Betty Pieper


Red Rocks and Railroad Trestle by Betty Pieper


Our Own Mad Blue Bird by Betty Pieper


Girl Howling at the Moon and Rising Tides by Betty Pieper


Dare to Be Bare in a Big Green Chair by Betty Pieper


Armageddon or Twilight Coming by Betty Pieper


Purple and Blue Abstract by Betty Pieper


Colorful Abstraction by Betty Pieper


Modern Art with Yellow Black Red and Fanciful Clouds by Betty Pieper


Pink Chair and Pink Plum by Betty Pieper


Cezanne Potting Stand by Betty Pieper


Railroad and Canal 1840 by Betty Pieper


Old Western Gateway Bridge Schenectady to Scotia by Betty Pieper


Down My Road by Betty Pieper


Farmhouse in Winter by Betty Pieper


Farm House Cut Off of Route 5 by Betty Pieper


Abstract Landscape by Betty Pieper


Backside of Schenectady Stockade in February by Betty Pieper


Alone by Betty Pieper


Nude with Fan in Foyer by Betty Pieper


Home to the Softer Side of City by Betty Pieper


Southwest Sunset and Rail Trestle in a Nod to Thomas Kinkade by Betty Pieper


Jacquie and Jon by Betty Pieper


Southwest Sun Rise and Rail Road Trestle by Betty Pieper