Katelyn R. Betsill is an american oil painter and printmaker originally from Texas and Hawaii, and currently based in far West Texas.
Growing up between the West Maui Mountains and her family’s ranch in Texas manifested a true love of the outdoors and fascination with the vast American landscape and the life that it holds. That fascination morphed into the pursuit of higher education in the biology and conservation field. Katelyn studied biology and geography at the University of Texas at Austin, and later was employed as a naturalist and field biologist.
Most of her work is inspired by the Chihuahuan Desert and the wildlife that calls it home, as well as the science & biology behind why things do what they do.
“I am drawn to the remoteness of the desert, a place that has no expectation yet holds so much beauty and life, completely perfect in its solitude.
“My landscapes reflect my own observations and experiences but focus the attention on nature and space in its unaltered state, in settings completely devoid of any human influence. I hope to communicate the feeling of being alone in nature, and only attract the attention of a viewer in the manner they would stop in real life, and just observe an extraordinary, natural sight or fleeting moment of vibrant light.
“I prefer to capture modern moments, but I focus on creating a setting that could fit into any time period that has come and gone. Just as as we come and go, the land will persevere.” – Katelyn Betsill