Betty Warren (1920-1993) Nationally recognized portrait painter and painter of people. Betty was Michael Lancaster's mother. Her painting career spanned 53 years and it has been noted that she was the youngest woman in US History to be given a solo exhibit at a major US museum [The Berkshire Museum 1940]. Her work is reflective of different eras and genres, i.e. Chatham the art colony 1940's; Sarasota, FL Ringling family and the circus, 1950's; Albany New York 1960's; Greece 1960's -1972; Mexico 1970's - 1990; New Mexico Pueblos 1987 - 1993. During these times she painted numerous portraits of corporate figures, Judicial figures, and political governmental figures. Her first portrait commission in 1940 was Mary Biddle Duke Siemens in Chapel Hill, NC and her final Commissioned portrait was Hugh Carey for New York State. Warren was also known for her passionate teaching and in 1991 Hartwick College awarded her an honorary doctorate of fine art.
A catalog raisonne is being prepared by the family which will document her life's work as requests for charitable gifts are being made to various institutions, most recently a portrait of Mrs. Charles Ringling was gifted by the Warren Legacy Trust to The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Below are some examples of her work and below that some smaller works which are currently available (price on request). Please check back on this site as both "examples" and "available works" will be updated regularly.
Available Art Work by Betty Warren
Below are examples of works currently available. Some are passionately painted with impasto using a palette knife. It is important to understand Betty's background and study with Henry Hensche at the Cape School of art which was founded in 1899 by Charles Hawthorne after his numerous studies and passionate conversations with Claude Monet. Thus the brilliant sense of color and light. (click on any piece to view in a light box, then hover over that image to view the details). All prices are 'on request' and gallery inquiries welcome.