"Painting for me is about observation of the world around me. It is looking at the intrinsic values of light, color and form and seeing how they react together to bring beauty and meaning to an object. It is carefully looking at the intricate details that cause things to appear as they do. It is using paper, pigment and water to create a painting that captures that special moment in them when all those values combine in an object of beauty that touches the heart and soul of the viewer. It is about giving that viewer the pure joy and exhilaration of the beauty of the world around them and to bring back a cherished memory of a place, time or object that is important to them."
Betsy Skipper has been painting since 2001 in watercolor and oil. Her subject matter ranges from architectural to floral, landscape, still life, people and some abstract. She has taken workshops and classes under many watercolor artists and has exhibited in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and England. Betsy has been commissioned to paint numerous churches and homes in the upstate of South Carolina.
She currently lives in Union, SC where she teaches adult watercolor at the Union County Arts Council. She is the Artists in Residence for the Union County Arts Council where she helps with all art shows and other events that promote the Arts to all citizens of Union County. She is a member of the Union County Arts Council, Artists Guild of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Water Media Society.
Ms. Skipper has many accomplishments and awards including:
2002- Pink Hydrangeas was chosen for the Biltmore Estates Festival of Flowers Watercolor Show in Asheville, NC.
2003- Received Merit award for the painting Sunflowers at the Union County Arts Council Invitational Art Show.
2003- Commissioned by the Relay for Life team at the Grace Methodist Church in Union, SC to paint Grace at Sunrise from which prints were made and sold for the Relay for Life Cancer Fund.
2004- Christmas Eve At First Presbyterian Church received a purchase award at the QS1 Art Gala in Spartanburg, SC.
2008- Beach Huts at Well-by-the-Sea received the Best of the Show Award at the St. Peters Art and Music Festival in Offord D'Arcy, England.
2010- England Rose juried into Spartanburg Artists Guild Exhibition.