Jeanne Betancourt

Art & Paintings

At the Farmstand

The produce at the farm stands on the North Fork of Long Island is legendary for its freshness and variety. I began doing oil paintings of vegetables and fruits as they became available at my local farm stands. It is an ongoing series.

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One of my favorite ways of making art is to draw and paint out-of-doors. I’ve painted landscapes in many countries – Italy, Mexico, England, Ireland, and throughout the United States. These paintings were painted on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.

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In the Pail

I drew and painted the series, IN THE PAIL, in a boat. My friends were fishing for small blue fish. I had intended to use the lovely view of the bay as a subject for painting while the others fished. But as soon as the first-caught fish was dropped in the pail, my interest shifted. I drew them in ink and water color during their last moments of life. It was my way to dignify the fish and my connection with them.

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The Animal Kingdom

Animals make great models.

Several years ago I did a series of drawings of my Wheaton Terrier, Willie. I framed one of those drawings and hung it on the wall in my kitchen. Willy passed away a few years ago, but I remember that sweet dog every time I see that drawing.

I found a fledgling bird on my steps one morning. I did a couple of drawings then left it alone. When I came back it was gone.

The hens in this gallery were very upset because the local fox had eaten two of their friends the night before. I tried to capture their frenetic energy.

I was staying at a wonderful little hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico and got to know the resident parrots. They seemed to enjoy posing – or maybe they just liked the attention and the sound of my voice. One of those drawings is in this gallery.

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