Finding inspiration in nature, Betty Schriver uses her photography skills to capture the beauty she sees, regardless of the location. Since returning to Alberta with an artistic eye, she feels she is seeing Alberta in a whole different light. In love with the big sky, endless sunshine, and the subtle landscapes with sun sparkling on wheat fields and hay bales, Betty especially loves Beaumont’s French architectural style.
Eight years ago, after working in Alberta as a Financial System Manager, Betty and her husband retired to the picturesque shores of the Shuswap area of BC. It was there she discovered the artist within. She explored painting, developed her skills in the artist cooperative bringing awareness to the art groups in the Shuswap area. But Betty has returned home to Alberta, bringing her skills and talent with her.
Having grown up with a mother and sister who were into knitting, sewing, crocheting as well as other creative endeavours, it is easy to see where Betty gets her capacity for creativity. Though she always enjoyed doing crafts, it wasn’t until she started Tole Painting (Folk Art style) on wood pieces that she fell in love with painting. “The move to BC inspired me to pursue this as there was a large paint group that supported that endeavour, and the beauty of BC was easy inspiration. I never felt I was very artistic as a youth, but that changed when I began tole painting later in my life.” Betty’s gifts and talents extend to writing, photography which you will enjoy from time to time as she has graciously volunteered to help out with our news articles for our local newspaper. “Everything has it’s time, and I think this is my time.”
Working primarily in acrylics because of its bold colors and ability to work in layers, Betty follows modern Canadian acrylic artists such as: Mike Svob, Brian Buckrell, David Langevin and Jed Dorsey. Just recently, she was fortunate enough to attend a workshop by Mike Svob and had this to say about the experience. “It was awesome to observe this master painter and learn techniques and knowledge. I love continuing to learn about art and learning from others who are experts in the field.” Betty’s colour palette and interesting mark making invites the viewer to step into the light and soak up the radiating warmth of the painting.
Betty joined the Artists’ Association of Beaumont, with a goal of being able to participate in the making and business of art with other artists. “I enjoy the camaraderie shared when people have a common focus.” It looks like BC’s loss is certainly our gain. We are so glad Betty, the artist, has returned home and brought her love of light and keen beautiful artworks of light and warm colours.
By Trish McIsaac for the Artists’ Association of Beaumont