Betty Brown as an Artist:

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, 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 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. She is a member of several professional organizations and is a Program Grant recipient. Betty serves on the faculty of the Cameron Art Museum School; teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School and Artists’ Week at Pawley’s Island, SC; and works 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.


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Betty Bell Brown as a Writer:

Brown edited and contributed poetry, short stories and artwork for AMARYLLIS: A HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY, a chapbook self-published for Pomegranate Book Store Writers’ Group in 2011.

Betty Brown the Writer's ResumeHer short story was published in an anthology, SPORTS IN THE CAROLINAS, by Novella FestivalPress in 2009. A short story is in A FOLK SCHOOL ANTHOLOGY at John C. Campbell Folk School in 2007. Her poetry appeared in the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Student Literary-Art Journal, ATLANTIS, during the 90s. She was a finalist in a RANDAL JARRELL POETRY COMPETITION, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Journals from world-wide painting trips have found their way into poetry and essays. She concentrated on creative writing courses along with an Honors degree in art at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her dissertation, SYMBIOSIS: WORD AND IMAGE was written in 1997 and is found in the Randall Library at UNCW. She is currently writing a memoir entitled PRETTY MUCH about her family. The book focuses on her relationship with a colorful mother. Other projects include a chapbook of her poetry and a book containing gems of knowledge gathered over the years about art and painting.


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