The women I paint are imaginary, but they come to life as individuals with a history, a personality and a physical, emotional and intellectual character.  I hope the way that the women come alive allows the viewer to feel an individual connection with a symbol and a specific though fictional distinct individual with depth, feeling and physical presence.

- Betsy Podlach

Woman in Flowered Hat

Oil painting on stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

28" h x 28" w x 1.5" d
12 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.”