I am a realist oil painter seeking to pay homage to sustainably grown foods, nostalgia and life in the West in my paintings. Joy exists in living in the present moment. To observe the beauty, the light, in every little detail is to truly see an object. I want viewers to feel present with my subject matter and believe it exists.
To enhance realism in my still life, I employ trompe l’oeil, chiaroscuro, and strong light sources. I stray from a stuffy take on realist still life by setting up subjects in personified compositions—occasionally a bit naughty—and use humorous titles to push the irreverence. I seek to bring attention to the visual exquisiteness of fresh produce, the seemingly everyday objects that provide us sustenance.
For landscapes and wildlife, I work with a professional photographer friend in Montana and use my own photos on outdoor adventures with my family. I try to capture those moments when nature enraptures us with the power of a fleeting moment, like a gift we earned for being present with the environment.
I double-majored in interdisciplinary visual art and journalism at the University of Washington and happily transplanted to Boise in 2007. You can find my work at BetsieRichardsonArt.com, BAM Art in the Park, Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival, Park City Kimball Arts Festival, and at my home studio by appointment.
When not painting, you can find me chasing my toddler, running in the foothills with my dog, backpacking, mountain biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee and soccer at Ann Morrison Park, fly fishing with my husband, or reading a novel by the wood burning stove in our 1917 home.