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Betsy Eby

In her paintings, Betsy Eby fuses the line between the musical and the visual composition. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as “the place where music lives.” The layers and gestures of her paintings evoke musical spaces and rhythms while drawing on patterns found in nature. From her early childhood, musical and natural rhythms blended in Eby’s sensibility. She spent her first years of life in a small town on the Oregon coast, practicing at the family piano by the age of five. Today her work reveals that interconnected sensitivity: her delicate, organic compositions become synesthesias of sound and image.


Eby was selected by Art in Embassies at the US Department of State and US Embassy Port Moresby to conduct a cross cultural exchange program in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in 2018. This cultural outreach program aims to connect and collaborate with others artists, while enriching US public diplomacy abroad. For the program in Port Moresby, Eby focused on creativity and innovation to encourage artists to grow their artistic careers through workshops, master classes, best practices techniques and exercises in creative thinking.

Betsy Eby received her BA from the University of Oregon and splits her time between studios in Columbus, Georgia and Wheaton Island, Maine. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is included in several collections including the Tacoma Art Museum, WA; the Columbus Museum, GA; the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA and United States Embassy in Dubai.