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My goal as an artist is to capture the "soul" of whatever I am painting. It is the beauty of Creation that inspires me. The way that light strikes form, color and composition are all inspiring, but what is most important to me is that I have captured the essence of what it feels like to be in a particular place, or in the presence of a particular person. In the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. there is a portrait by Anthony van Dyck of Marchesa Balbi . She looks as if she is present in the room, about to speak. You can almost hear her breathe! That is my goal as an artist. To capture a moment in time, and allow the viewer to experience that moment as I did. —Betsy Gosheff Scible

Having grown up in a rural area of Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C., Betsy Gosheff Scible was an early and frequent visitor to the National Gallery of Art. She credits much of her knowledge of and love for painting with the inspiration these great works of art provided.

Betsy graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. She worked for many years as a freelance illustrator for Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Missouri, producing images bound for England, Belgium, and Australia as well as the United States. During this period she also produced more personal works, including paintings that were exhibited in nationally juried shows, namely: The Society of Illustrator's Annual, New York, N.Y., and the National Parks System's "Arts for the Parks" shows, which toured the United States. She was awarded Second place in the regional juried exhibit "Expressions," in Herndon, Virginia. Her portrait paintings are in the collections of numerous private clients.

Betsy considers art a lifelong learning process, and she continues to hone her skills through private study and life drawing sessions. She also attended an Advanced Painting workshop at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, Pa. (founded by Leona and Nelson Shanks) under instructor Stephen Early.

Betsy's strong connection to nature is reflected in her work, which is a celebration of the beauty of nature—both human and otherwise. Her work includes landscape painting and wildlife painting as well as figurative and portrait painting. She considers portraiture and figurative painting to be the ultimate challenge for an artist, and seeks to capture in her portraits not only a recognizable likeness, but the spirit and presence of the individual.

Betsy Gosheff Scible is a Certified Member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, and a member of the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America. She currently lives with her husband and son near Annapolis, Maryland.


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