I use myself as a model for some of the figures I paint, but the person the image becomes is a person I have never met and discover as the painting develops.  The person comes to life in the process of painting - a woman who is intellectual, physical, emotional and seems to be alive.

- Betsy Podlach

The Bohemian

Oil painting on stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

25" h x 25" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 0 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.”