Bette was recognized in early childhood for her natural talent and encouraged by her artistic mother to draw and paint. She continued art education all through school and majored in commercial art while attending college. She did work for Webster Fine Art in North Carolina and saw her art appear in majors stores throughout the U.S. including Europe and Asia. She found time to further her studies with Robert Uecker, Bill Perkins and Frank Serrano.
Bette stayed involved in organizations like Women Painter’s West, Oil Painters of America, Business Men’s Art Institute and California Art Club. Her work has hung in Elizabeth’s Staircase in Beverly Hills, Waterhouse Gallery of Santa Barbara, Jane’s Gallery in Palm Springs, White’s of Montrose and The Blinn House in Pasadena, California.
She marketed her canvas transfers through gift markets in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago under the name of “Toile de Joie”. Bette also did background artwork on two DVDs released by Disney. They were Bambi and Mary Poppins. She was commissioned to do work for the Lincoln Bicentennial by the Kentucky Historical Society. This work appeared in Frankfort and the Speed Gallery in Louisville.
Her lush landscapes, still lifes, and genre paintings reflect her own love of collecting antiques, gardening, and interior decorating. Her home and artwork have been featured in several magazines which include Romantic Homes and Decorating with Paint.
Her most admired artists are Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Claude Monet and Richard Schmid.