Betsy Ratzsch 


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.

     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.


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.

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 !


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.