Betsy Jacaruso received her BFA with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn, NY in 1979. Betsy has proven to be very active in promoting the arts in her community. In 2005, she received the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award, and she also co-chaired the Red Hook Community Arts Network from 2010-2012.
She has a reputation as a gifted instructor who teaches drawing and painting techniques as a way of realizing individual vision. Her students find her mastery of the medium invaluable in the process of learning to handle the complexities of watercolor painting.
Betsy’s current work explores atmosphere and luminosity in landscape.
Her work has been featured in both regional and international exhibitions and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Locally, her work is available at her gallery and studio in the The Courtyard in Rhinebeck.
Georgia O’Keefe, one of my artist heroes, once said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” I have very similar feelings. I have been drawing since I was a young girl. I used my drawings to express my quiet, shy nature. My skills have developed over the years as I observed the works of famous artists and also by getting formal training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY which helped further my built- in primitive drawing talent into a more varied, self confident skill that enabled me to shape my career as a professional artist.
My experience in travel throughout many interesting destinations opened a new visual world of seeing and painting. I have strong skills in composition and draftsmanship and have tried to apply those gifts into a unique vision and a personal style. My work hopefully will speak for me.
With all of my subjects I try to convey visual inspiration through my work. I try to say things, “with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
Thank you, Georgia.