Betsy received a BA in art from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, an MFA (1962) from the University of Pennsylvania (a coordinated program with the PA Academy of Fine Arts) and later a diploma in Art Therapy from Tobias School of Art in England.
From 1989, Betsy worked as art therapist with adult outpatients at a National Health Practice in London and worked for 12 years at an English Waldorf School with children who had health or developmental challenges. In addition, she taught painting, drawing, and stone carving and continued her own artistic work.
In the winter of 2000, Betsy, accompanied by her husband,Brian, moved to Tucson, built a studio near the family homestead, and started carving alabaster. She shows and sells her work to the public at Open Studio Tours and local galleries.
Her spiritual view of life informs Betsy’s artistic work. She is inspired by the forms and beauty in nature. She has carved several “flame” forms in stone and has begun a series of dancers in bronze.
Betsy holds workshops by request in alabaster carving, clay modeling and watercolor painting. She welcomes sculpture commissions in stone, ceramic or bronze.
Examples of her work can be viewed at the couple’s online gallery at www.banksarts.com.