Introduction by Morning Slayter
Betzie Bendis and I met through her sister Megan, a renowned potter on Shelter Island. Betzie comes from a family of artists and was creating beautiful paintings and watercolors on the island. Her first solo exhibition was at the Open Door Gallery on Shelter Island in 1972.
Betzie began her career as a graphic designer in Manhattan in the early 1970s. She left Manhattan in the early 1980s for Putnam County with her husband, Keith Bendis, a noted illustrator, and their son, Kevin. In 1993 they bought a farmhouse on 7 acres of rolling pastures in Ancram, NY. Inspired by her new surroundings, she began designing stonewalls and gardens while continuing her love and passion for creating art. She transformed the pastures surrounding her house with extraordinary gardens, flowering trees, flowers beds, and a chicken coop and built an art studio.
Betzie’s primary source of inspiration comes from her work as a garden designer. Her art reflects her love of drawing, playing with color, painting in acrylic or gouache, and collaging. Betzie said, ‘I feel fortunate that I have been able to live the best of two loves in my life: working with my hands in the soil and building with stone, as well as drawing and painting in my art studio’. I am pleased to exhibit Betzie's works of art on HipSilver.