I love how hats define a face.  I use a lot of hats of all kinds, head scarves and other accessories when I work to create a person as that imaginary individual forms on the canvas.

- Betsy Podlach


Oil painting on stretched linen

Signed on back

25" h x 25" w x 1.5" d
7 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.”