Betsy Dillard Stroud , AWS, NWS
Resume (Nov 2000)

Editor's note: Betsy gave WoW! this resume in late 2000. It will be interesting to see where she's been and what she's done since then!)"Romance" mixed media painting by Betsy Dillard Stroud

"Romancing the Stone"
by Betsy Dillard Stroud


Betsy Dillard Stroud began painting at the age of eight when an insightful uncle gave her a set of oils.  Now, as a painter and writer she resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She was educated in Virginia with a B. A. in art from Radford College and an M. A. in art history from the University of Virginia. She had just completed all her course work and her orals for the Ph. D in art history when, with the publication of her book, Coming Hither - Going Hence, her career took a decidedly different course.

 She met and married a Texan, moved to Dallas, and began a painting career. She had her first one-woman show in 1983 at Artisan's Studio Gallery in Dallas and has pursued a painting career since that time. Life changes brought her to Arizona in 1996, where the vibrancy and spirit of both the Southwest and the East where she was born continue to influence her work.

When asked what kind of artist she is, Stroud replies,"As a former art historian aware of the fallacies of labeling, I'm a realistic, abstract, impressionistic, expressionist who uses color and movement as a major tool of self-expression."

Her most recent one woman exhibition was in October 1999 at the Roberts Gallery in el Pedregal in Carefree, Arizona, and another one woman show is scheduled for October, 2000 at Glendale Community College.
Stroud has had nineteen one-woman exhibitions and has exhibited in over 140 state, regional, national shows.  Her signature memberships attest to her competency and expertise.

She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society in New York, the National Watercolor Society in California, the Knickerbocker Artists, The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society in Colorado, the Southwestern Watercolor Society (of which she is a former president) and a life member of the Arizona Watercolor Society.  She has won nineteen major awards including the American Watercolor Society's High Winds Medal (1992) and the Artist Magazine Award (1995.)

The Roberts Gallery at El Pedregal in the Boulders, in Carefree, AZ, and The Milagro Gallery in Tucson, and the Courtyard Gallery in New Buffalo, MI. currently represent Stroud. 

A workshop teacher since 1987, she conducts workshops around the country and also teaches part-time at the Scottsdale Artist School in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Schemer Art Center in Phoenix. She has judged 27 shows (including the Adirondacks National Watermedia Exhibition) and is highly regarded as a lecturer, juror, and teacher.

Last year, she was the sole juror for the National Art Show in Farmington, New Mexico held at the Gateway Museum.  Her most recent awards are The Board of Directors Award in the WASH International 2000 Exhibition in Houston, Texas, Best of Watercolor in March, 2000 in the Tucson 2000 En Plein Air Competition sponsored by the Cultural Arts Program of Tucson, Arizona, and Award of Distinction in the Arizona National Watercolor Exhibition (September,00) Her work hangs in over 200 corporate, private and hospital collections throughout the United States with collectors in Japan, Australia, and the Bahamas. 

"Roses" watercolor painting by Betsy Dillard Stroud

"Roses for Liza"
(watercolor, 22x30)
by Betsy Dillard Stroud

She is the author of one published biography: Coming Hither-Going Hence, and for over a decade has written for many art publications, including American Artist magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic magazines, and most recently, The International Artist magazine, of which she was Associate Editor of North America for two years. 

Her work can also be found in four books: The Best of Watercolor I; the Best of Watercolor Abstracts; The Best of Watercolor Composition and Design; and the Best of Watercolor Texture.  Recent articles about her work can be seen in the Summer '00, Spring '99, and 1998 Autumn issues of Watercolor Magic, and a big article written by her :Painting from the Inside Out" was published in the Summer 1999 issue of that same magazine.  Ms. Stroud also has a recent article called "Abstract Art and the Gleb J. Fracks Factor" that appeared in the June/July '99 issue of International Artist Magazine, and "We, the Jury" in the same magazine. 

At present, Ms. Stroud is working on a book about her painting techniques for Northlight which will be released in 2002. 

Betsy Dillard Stroud is listed in Personalities of the South; the International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership, and the soon to be released Who's Who of American Women.