Gail Severn Gallery

Betsy Eby

Organic Composition

When Betsy Eby recalls her childhood, the abstract artist remembers her grandmother playing folk tunes on the piano and filling sketchbooks with charcoal drawings.  Looking back, it was a prelude to Eby’s adulthood, where she has devoted her life to the interconnection she, like her grandmother, feels between art and music.  Using Old Holland oil tubes, knives, blowtorches, and waxes she formulates herself, Eby creates encaustic paintings as rhythmic compositions.  The artist says her best work results on the days she also dictates time to playing classical piano.  Whether biking or meditating on an island off the coast of Washington, where she keeps one studio, or musing in seclusion off the coast of Maine, where she has another, Eby finds inspiration in privacy and being surrounded by nature.  “I came to painting because I wanted to make visible the place music lives,” she says, “and to make tangible the fleeting qualities of life and all that is fragile.”

-  Interview in LUXE magazine


Selected Collections

Alston and Bird Law Offices, Atlanta, GA

American Cancer Society, National Collection

Bellevue Club, Bellevue, WA

Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Boeing Corporate Headquarters, Chicago, IL

Canlis, Seattle, WA

Cielo Building, New York, NY

Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, CA

Jordan Schnitzer Museum, Eugene, OR

Nordstrom Inc., National Collection

Northwest Venture Capitol Partners, Palo Alto, CA

Olive 8, Seattle, WA

Providence Hospital, Portland, OR

Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, CA

Saks Fifth Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Seattle University Law School, Seattle, WA

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Starfish Restaurant, Bellevue, WA

Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, WA

Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Trump Tower, Atlantic City, NJ

TSYS, Columbus, GA

Turnberry Ocean Colony, Sunny Isles, FL

2200 Westlake, Seattle, WA

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

United States Embassy 2008-2010, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

United States Embassy 2004-2006, Banjul, Gambia

United States Embassy Permanent Collection Dubai, UAE

Westin Hotel, Bellevue, WA

Westin New York, Times Square, NY

Whittier Trust Company, Seattle, WA

Woodruff Company, Columbus, GA

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