Our Artists: Betsy Blackard

Betsy A. Blackard

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I was born and raised in the small town of Angels Camp, California and enjoyed painting since childhood. The foothills of the Sierras were filled with painting opportunities to learn oils, water color, and charcoal while attending Columbia Junior College in Sonora, California. Living in the western slope of Colorado for 37 years has brought as many medium options but my passion is pastels. After my first workshop learning to paint with pastels I was hooked. This medium allows me to express my love for color in a variety of subjects. I paint portraits, landscapes, animals and still life, my favorite being landscapes. In whatever medium I paint my goal is to reproduce God’s beauty in nature onto paper or canvas so as to bring that representation into a home or workplace.

Awards and Honors

Third place Professional Pastel Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival 2013
First place Professional Pastel Animal Category Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival 2012
Wildlife Appreciation Award 2010
3rd Place Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival 2010
2nd Place Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival 2008
Honorable Mention Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival 2006
Honorable Mention Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival 2003
1st Place New Castle Artphest 2001
3rd Place Glenwood Springs Art Festival 2000
Best of Show & 1st Place Garfield County Fair 2000
Best of Western Colorado Apple, Aspens & Art Show Cedaredge 2000
2nd Place Pastel Society of County Members Show 2000


Pastel Society of Colorado, Grand Junction, 1998-present
New Castle Art Guild President 2000-2001
Bookcliffs Council Arts and Humanities Board Member, Rifle 1989-present (25 years)
Glenwood Springs Art Guild 1998-2015


Dan Sprick, Highly acclaimed Pastelists Kristen Olson,
Sean Dye, and Master Pastelist Richard McDaniels, Doug Dawson, and Albert Handell.