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ABOUT ME

Betty Salter,  Commission Artist


Betty_24Feb13-75KB_001.jpgI have been painting since 1991.  My greatest pleasure is in creating paintings that bring enjoyment to others.

I began painting with Pastel, quickly moving onto commissioned portraits in Pastel, Graphite pencil or Charcoal. Later I started using Oils and Acrylic and branched out into Fantasy art, Animal portraits then Landscapes. I have a small preference towards using Pastel.

My inspiration comes from..Nature,  Sunsets and Sunrises,  I love flowers, animals  and frequently use music to set the mood when I am painting.

I like to 'do my own thing' painting whatever urges me at the time, but I also like working with clients to produce artwork for them, specialising in Animal Portraits - Cats, Dogs, Horses  etc.   Sometimes this presents challenges, but thats OK.


                Brief History.

An early memory is from Intermediate school years at Napier, when a teacher introduced us to painting to music and used Stravinsky's 'Rites of Spring' - It really struck home with me.

After leaving school, I first worked at the Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery, then on to Window Dressing and signwriting. Marriage and bringing up a family of four during which time I explored a variety of crafts then in the mid 1980's a full-time Graphic Design Course at Whangarei. (Honours pass.) Principal tutor Douglas Chowns.

After moving to Nelson late 1989 I began Facepainting, which is what led me into portrait drawing. I lived in Mapua for some years but now in Upper Moutere village. Visitors are welcome to come visit when in the area.  Please phone first.

My work is now in private collections throughout the world with many very happy Commission customers.