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Betsy Ratzsch 

Winter 2022/2023

Wishing you joyful celebrations with family and friends in the coming holiday season!


This little beach shed was a lovely discovery or me this Fall when I visited a friend at her cottage right on the east shore of Lake Michigan.  It really piqued my interest and will be showing up in paintings to come

My studio is above the garage which creates a lovely “tree house” atmosphere.  It is six steps from my back door so my work time can be long or short.

There are windows on all four walls and a skylight so the daylight is plentiful.  Natural light is really necessary to judge color.

Lake Michigan has been my muse for many years and probably will remain so for some time.  My hope is that you receive the peace and tranquility that it brings me.

News Flash!!  Watch for updates on my upcoming show at the Amy Van Andel Library in Ada, opeining January 10, 2023!  Details coming.

Summer/Fall 2022

Summer is a time of light, color and energy. For many it is days out of doors, in the garden, at the beach, traveling and relaxing. As a painter the light is so stimulating. Colors come alive in the longer days and brighter more direct sun. As fall arrives the light begins to decrease and slant through windows, casting longer shadows and pouring like golden honey over the landscape.

We think in terms of bringing some of that light and color into our homes to carry us through winter and into spring.

The Handworks 2022 show is the perfect time to look at my new paintings and their lighter, brighter colors. You will also see some larger pieces than in the past so if you want a piece for over your fireplace or on a bigger wall I might have something for you. At the show I will also have cards and the Painted Pockets you see below in last years show. There are also some wood boxes with lakeshore scenes. Hope you can come by and say hello !

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Lake Michigan Painting

Winter/Spring 2022

A dark Covid winter and a record wet spring really discourage writing a spring newsletter! But there's still time! At last here in Michigan we have bulbs and blooming trees filled with birds! We all stand in amazement! 

The returning light helps out hugely in the studio. Brighter light and longer days increases work time and color mixing! As you can see from the new paintings posted, my pallet is light for spring. I do still love to paint the dark gray storm clouds as they move across the lake. I'll be adding more new paintings in the summer newsletter so revisit when you can.

I have no summer shows scheduled so don't hesitate to call for an appointment to stop by the studio to look in person. Bring a group of friends and we'll have a great time enjoying art together.

Think of paintings as a wonderful gif t the special moments of life that occur in the spring. I'm giving a small painting as a wedding anniversary gift. 

See you soon, my friends. Blessings to each of you. Betsy


Brand New for FALL !

Painted Pocket are envelopes which can function as a hide-away for treasures or to present gifts.

I painted on heavy watercolor paper in layers to create a brocade look. Closure is an antique button from my Grandmother's button box. I'll have them at the show or inquire!

I'll post in musing around the holidays and then in winter 2022. Blessings to each of you.


Musings - Fall  2021


Studio time is always important but the last month or so I've been chasing details for Handworks 2021 (click here) a show that I put on with some other artist friends.

There was time for a trip to Lake Michigan and a friend's cottage. Photos, painting and conversation.

The painting on the left was no doubt inspired by the photo/scenery below !


Musings - Summer 2021

Summer is the perfect time for musings - outside under a tree, near a stream, by a lake.  For me that lake is Lake Michigan, a huge body of fresh water.  After so many summer vacations staring out at the horizon the vision seems imprinted on my creative imagination.  So now that I am in a new part of my artistic life, the space is open for this vision to return full force.

     Does water somehow signify more than just elemental majesty?  Peace is often so much easier to find when near water.  For me the lake and other water recalls journeying, traveling, beginnings and endings.

The last few weeks I've been trying to add more layers to my paintings so that up close viewing is interesting. I want the work to look like the lake feels when you're there.

     In my painting the viewer is invited to gaze at the horizon, relax, think, or just enjoy the colors.  Never feel that art is mysterious.  It shouldn't be.  It should be clear to you what you feel as you look.

     As a painter I want you to feel what you might feel if you experiencing a visit to a lake.  Finding the peace, tranquility and enjoyment.

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