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."


Wintergreen Falls as a Memorial by Betty Pieper


Family at Slide Rock Park by Betty Pieper


Fall at Slide Rock I by Betty Pieper


Sheer Fun at Slide Rock Park Arizona by Betty Pieper


Slide Rock Park in Arizona by Betty Pieper


Summer at Slide Rock Park Arizona by Betty Pieper


Bluebird on Weather Cock by Betty Pieper


On a Run at Slide Rock Park Arizona by Betty Pieper


Water Spilling and Filling by Betty Pieper


Are There Crawdads at Slide Rock by Betty Pieper


At One with Slide Rock by Betty Pieper


Fall at Slide Rock II by Betty Pieper


Contemplation at Slide Rock by Betty Pieper


At Freeman's Bridge by Betty Pieper


Quiet Time by Betty Pieper


Girl on Swing by Betty Pieper


Sailing Off Nantucket by Betty Pieper


At Laguna Beach by Betty Pieper


Boy Climbing Rocks at Seashore by Betty Pieper


Boys at the Beach by Betty Pieper


Girl with Blue Sock and Red Toe Nails by Betty Pieper


Tinker Belle by Betty Pieper


Bad Assed Chopper Ride by Betty Pieper


Cambridge Countryside by Betty Pieper


George Westinghouse in 1855 Something Better to Do by Betty Pieper


Marsh Land by Betty Pieper


Asleep by Betty Pieper


Children and Geese in Central Park 1971 by Betty Pieper


Not DeKooning or Duchamp But Vintage Pieper by Betty Pieper


Flowers and Leaves by Betty Pieper


Fall From My Window by Betty Pieper


Red Tulips in a Baker's Dozen by Betty Pieper


Close at Heart by Betty Pieper


Swimmin' by Betty Pieper


Reluctant Flower Girl by Betty Pieper


Two Girls Set to Sail with Red Sail by Betty Pieper


The Hair Dresser by Betty Pieper


The Juandiced Eye of Father and American Fare by Betty Pieper


The Red Hot Dress by Betty Pieper


Herman's Place by Betty Pieper


Lilies of the Field by Betty Pieper


Seaside by Betty Pieper


Student by Betty Pieper


Sunflowers Standing Tall by Betty Pieper


Boudoir Stand with Flowers by Betty Pieper


Spring Flowers in a Dish by Betty Pieper


New England Church by Betty Pieper


Herman's Pond by Betty Pieper