Betty Brown is a painter of people and places, attracted by subject matter that invites exploitation of color, shape, and texture. She finds inspiration at home or through travels to the Greek Islands, Portugal, France, England, Italy, Scandinavia, New Mexico, and Maine.
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, she has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, since 1965. Brown began painting in 1975, studying under nationally recognized teachers including watercolor with Charles Reid, Burton Silverman, Marbury Hill Brown, Jeanne Dobie and Alex Powers; pastels with Wolf Kahn; oil with Charles Reid, Scott Burdick, Camille Przewodek and Charles Sovek; printmaking and life drawing and painting with instructors from Ringling School of Art and Design at Wildacres, North Carolina; book art with Dan Essig at John C. Campbell Folk School and with Julie Leonard and Susan King at Penland School of Crafts. Betty holds degrees from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, earning a BA with honors in Art.
Brown exhibited in the 148th American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York City in 2015. She is a member of several professional organizations, including signature status in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. She is a North Carolina Arts Council Program Grant recipient. Betty serves on the faculty of the Cameron Art Museum School; teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School; Artists’ Week for Sea View Inn, at Pawley’s Island, SC; area workshops and privately. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and corporate and private collections.