Betsy Podlach was born and raised in Bedford, NY before her artistic evolution took her from Harvard University, where she was a National Merit Scholar and a Watson Scholar, to stints as a Visiting Artist in Umbria, Italy.
At the beginning of her professional career, Betsy’s work was collected by the Princess Donnatello Borghese of Rome, who was so impressed with her work that she invited Betsy to return the following summer, and provided her with an apartment and studio within her family castle near Rome. Betsy also credits numerous scholarships from Harvard and the New York Studio School as well as the International School of Art in Umbria with allowing her to take time to develop her craft.
Podlach’s work fascinates and is both figurative and expressionistic. The artist has an uncanny knack for hinting at her subject’s inner life, while engaging the viewer in speculation. She notes that “Each person is incredible. All of us have a rich inner life existing simultaneously with our outward appearance. We have profound thoughts; some we keep to ourselves, we are intelligent as well as sensual and vulnerable. I don’t consciously plan what I want to say, but over time, the things I believe in are reflected in my art.”