Betsy’s love of the human figure in painting has led her to subject matter of the street scene,
Betsy began her studies at age 12 at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia and studied art throughout her school career. Educated at the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Design, and did post graduate work in the History of Architecture and Southern Literature.
She has received many awards for her work which is collected widely by private and corporate collectors. She received many Purchase Awards, Second Place in the South Carolina State Fair, placed 2nd in the “February Show” in the Rice Museum, awarded the Director’s Circle Award. Honorable Mention in the Georgetown Watercolor Society Show, Best in Show and First Place, Rice Museum. Her work is collected by corporate collectors: First Citizens Bank Permanent Collection, Colonial Life Insurance Headquarters, Themis Fine Arts Permanent Collection, etc. Two man show Rice Museum, Georgetown, S.C. and National Steeplechase Museum Show, Camden, S.C.
She paints the American lowcountry and its people, the shrimpers, basket weavers, and street scenes with great emotion and color. Betsy’s travels throughout the world give her great inspiration for her paintings of the people, the land, and the architecture. She paints her own interpretation of medieval and renaissance knights of Europe, domes of Byzantium, and landscapes of Tuscany and southern France.
Married to artist James E. Calk, Betsy lives in Georgetown, South Carolina.