Ok, close your eyes (wait, not yet...) and imagine standing in a field surrounded by all your favorite flowers in all your favorite colors. Breathe in deeply and let the heavenly scents tickle your nose. Wrap your arms around yourself and imagine hugging a huge bouquet so close to you that you're fully embraced by the glorious colors, shapes, and scents. Yeah...that's where I am when I'm creating my art. 

When it comes to the process, I have very little patience; therefore, my preferred paint is acrylic. I find that acrylics dry quickly and allow me to move freely from one layer to the next. I also use mark-making tools such as charcoal, graphite, and pencils along with nails, skewers, toothpicks, or anything else to scratch into the surface and create texture. Experimenting regularly allows for happy accidents that surprise and delight me. My art is filled with color, reflecting the joy I feel within and the positive outlook I have in life. It's my mission to spread that joy to others through my art.


Betty Franks was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in San Jose, California. She is a self-taught abstract artist who started painting when she turned 50. Although it seems late in life to take up painting, the timing was just right for her. After a long career in customer service management, she was ready to unleash her creative side.