At Miwok Meadows, China Camp State Park, San Rafael, CA

At Miwok Meadows, China Camp State Park, San Rafael, CA


Finding Home, Finding Real. Here…

My earliest inspiration came from looking at living things. They served as an anchor to the constant change I experienced as a Foreign Service kid. My mother showed me clever little plants, pretty rocks, goldfish in our garden in Japan. When we lived in Madrid, we got to see Velasquez paintings. Standing in the room at the Prado devoted to Las Meninas magnetized me to the shared world in the painted scene. Where is Home? Here, with you and me. I look to David Park and friends, Joan Mitchell and Pierre Bonnard for guidance, as well as to my teacher Robert Bechtle.

Brush marks scaffold my work. I learned abstract expressionist process from my teachers at Mills: abstract ideas don’t appeal. For me, the subjects of real life are surprising and exciting aplenty. As experience comes out in paint, it becomes something new. In my work, you see the motion of looking and creating it took to put it there.


Past Exhibitions

Solo Shows

Betsy Kendall: Collaborations
B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, 2018

Betsy Kendall: Landscape/Studio
Stanford Art Spaces 2014

Betsy Kendall: Local Landscapes 2012
Albany Community Center Foyer

Nearby Wild, Landscape show 2011
Montclair Gallery, Oakland

Tree Spirit: Betsy Kendall Landscapes, David Turner Sculpture 2008
Alta Bates Community Gallery

Group Shows

Small Works Juried Show 2018
juror Phil Linhares
Richmond Art Center

Bay Area Life  May 2018
juror Emma Acker
Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Road Trip April 2018
Shoh Arts Gallery, Berkeley CA

Sightings on Land, October 2017
Mythos Fine Art, Berkeley CA

Figures Within and Without 2015
Mythos Fine Art @ Firehouse Gallery North
Berkeley CA

Faculty Show 2015–17
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

Into the Wild: Celebrating Western Wilderness 2015
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA

Retold Tales: Collage and Assemblage 2014
Mythos Fine Art @ Firehouse North Gallery

Au Naturel, The Nude in the 21st Century (juried show) 2014
Clatsop Communtiy College, Astoria, OR

Wilderness 50: Celebrating Western Wilderness 2014
Vallejo Museum

Berkeley Seen, (invitational show) 2013
Firehouse North Gallery, Berkeley

Scapes: (Juried show) 2012
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto

Changing Scene 2012
Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek
Featured Artist, October

Artists Honor the Oakland LGBT community 2012
Oakland City Hall (4 artists)

Seeing Solano III: Solano Land Trust through the eyes of artists 2012
Vacaville Museum

Berkeley Civic Arts Commission Selection 2012
Berkeley Civic Center

Au Naturel, The Nude in the 21st Century 2012
third place award
Clatsop Community College, Astoria OR

New Places: Four Painters’ California 2012
Firehouse North Gallery, Berkeley

Seeing Solano: Artists view the Solano Land Trust 2011
Vallejo Historical Museum (Invitational)

2D 3D Figurative Works juried show, second place award 2011
San Joaquin Delta College Center for the Arts, Stockton

Figures & Forms (2-person show) 2010
Nielsen Arts, Berkeley

Go Figure: Working Together from a Model 2008
The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel

Carpe Diem: Landscapes 2008
Canessa Gallery, San Francisco

Partners in Paint: the Tuesday Drawing Group 2007
Addison Windows Gallery, Berkeley

2004 Valona Pleinair Paint Out 2004
Epperson Gallery, Crockett

Rendering & Articulation: A Drawing Exhibit 2004
The Carl Cherry Center of the Arts, Carmel

The American Landscape: Mountains–Metropolis 2004
Alameda Art Center

Valley Art Gallery 2000–present
Walnut Creek

Group Landscape Show 2000
Sticks Fine Arts, Berkeley

Betsy Kendall & Elizabeth Ennis 1999
Sticks Fine Arts, Berkeley

Betsy Kendall & Carlo Ferretti 1998
Sticks Fine Arts, Berkeley

Plein Air Paintings 1998
Frants Albert Associates, Oakland

The Watershed Landscape 1998
Arts Benicia

Alternate Views of Diablo (three-person Landscape show) 1998
Diablo Valley College