I create women that only exist as they become this brand new image.  As the individual person forms I respond to what is becoming a particular imaginary individual on the work in progress.  It feels like I discover her, with help from the paint and the developing forms.  I hope the figures I bring to the viewer present whole people - physical, deeply thoughtful, emotional individuals with a past, present and future where time is stopped in a moment.

- Betsy Podlach


Oil painting on stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

26" h x 26" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 5 oz.



Betsy Podlach
Hampton Bays, New York

Getting to Know Betsy

As a student, Betsy received a scholarship to study visual art at Harvard, a feat she describes as key to her progression as an artist. Betsy’s portraits exude emotion through the expressive eyes of her figures. Looking down, just past the viewer, or at a partner, each gaze offers an understanding of the subject’s psychological state. Primarily painting from life, Betsy focuses on the intersection of the physical, emotional, and intellectual characteristics both of her subjects and within herself. “I love stories and novels, poetry and plays–I hope my work comes alive, tells a story, and does so in a way that stops time, in a permanent image.”