About the Artist


Betty Carlson was born and raised in Louisville, Ohio. After college, she and her husband moved to Casper, Wyoming. While there she was fortunate to meet and study under Rupert Conrad whose enthusiasm and encouragement has had a lasting effect on her work. Then, during an extended stay in Denver, Colorado, Betty continued her art education at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Denver University. She also participated in various workshops conducted by noted artists such as Sylvia Sleigh, Marisol Escobar and Mel Ramos.

After moving to Santa Fe in 1991, Betty was so influenced by the beauty of the area that she focused much of her work on Southwest subject matter. The sculpture-like adobe architecture, extraordinary lighting and brilliant sunsets, and rose-colored earthen tones are repeated themes in her work. She also enjoyed recording her impressions of the women and children of the nearby pueblos. Her recent move to Colorado Springs has opened up new avenues to explore - mountain vistas, aspen-covered hillsides, forests, lakes.

Carlson's desire to learn and create has taken her on a quest for a means of expressing her emotional and intuitive feelings. To that end, over the years, she has explored different styles of painting using a variety of media. After using oil paints for many years, Betty ventured into painting with acrylics and watercolors and was awarded a Signature Membership in the National Watercolor Society. Betty has published serigraphs, lithographs, giclees and posters of her paintings. She was commissioned to create 17 paintings for the book "Santa Fe Memories".


Exhibitions and Achievements

National Watercolor Society, 69th Annual Exhibition, Brea, CA
Allied Artists of America, 73rd and 75th Annual National Exhibitions, New York, NY
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibitions, Golden, CO
"After Her Own Image: WOMEN's WORK1985", Salem College Fine Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
Grasslands Rendezvous, Greeley, CO
Maxims High Plains Exhibition, Greeley, CO
"Energy Art", Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
Denver Art Museum, 19th Annual Metropolitan, Denver, CO
Denver Art Museum, "Own Your Own", Denver, CO
Invitational - Beaumont Gallery, Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO
In 2002, Betty illustrated with seventeen original paintings the book "Santa Fe Memories".


Collectors (selected)

Chris Evert, Aspen, CO
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
City of Littleton, Permanent Collection, Littleton, CO
Sam Arnold, Denver, CO
Jack McAllister, Castle Rock, CO
Donald Ringsby, Denver, CO
General Motors, Phoenix, AZ
Mobil Land Corporation, Phoenix, AZ
Celeron Oil & Gas Corp., Denver, CO
ConAm, San Diego, CA
Pratt Development, Tempe, AZ
Ross Iksmore Architects, Dallas, TX
Investment Management Association, Denver, CO
Southeastern Interiors Concepts, Birmingham, AL
American Express, Phoenix, AZ
A.T.&T., Denver, CO
Westin LaPaloma Resort, Tucson, AZ
Mary E. Medley, Executive Director, Colorado Society of CPAs


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