Journals are important to me at home and on painting trips. I find that details of my visual and emotional experiences are lost when simply left to memory. Writing helps me focus on the elements that attract me. These essentials find their way into my paintings, poetry and stories.


Pretty Much, a Memoir by Betty Bell Brown

The story covers more than a century from Clara’s birth to daughter Betty’s life today. Clara’s boundless energy wasted into frivolity in an era when expectations hemmed her into a life too small to hold her. The prospects for women and what it means to exercise independence have changed a lot over one hundred years, but the struggles of mother and daughter are timeless. Betty Bell Brown explores her mother’s life and her own with humor, clarity, and pathos.

See the press release from Lystra Books here.

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Poetry & Short Stories

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Here is a small sampling of my poetry:


Here is a sample of one of my short stories:

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