Betty Wiley

Oils
painting4joy.com
608 Glenmeade Circle, Purcellville, Virginia 20132
Loudoun Valley Cluster, Stop #24

About the Artist

After a Storm / Clouds Open
After a Storm / Clouds Open

Always hoping that one day I shall create the powerful painting that knocks your socks off, or draws your soul into your heart! This goal finds me in my studio over our garage from the dawning of a new day until the curtains of night are pinned back by the stars. During the first half of my life music was how I expressed myself through the words and music notes SOMEONE ELSE WROTE on a staff. NOW, that this wonderful world of painting has entered my life, I find that any creative expression is all UP TO ME. I MUST FIND the inspiration that calls me to a blank canvas. It's UP TO ME to choose the palette, and it's UP TO ME to pick up that brush and dare to think I will end up with something on that canvas that will not only satisfy this painter but will be shared with others who will find within it something that "sings" to them! Art has become my music. A sudden hearing loss has made it more difficult for me to communicate and exchange ideas at the many county wide, local community boards, and the various church responsible positions I once so enjoyed. The canvas, brush and palette are solitary, yes, at times, more than very sociable me would like, but the paintings become my friends. I love introducing them to people at the various art shows and exhibits. Most fun of all is this WLAST tour! A fabulous weekend that approaching the age of 85, I once more came close to thinking I should not join in that fun time. But so many friends have been made during the event as well as meeting the great talents on tour that I just could not miss it! Besides Jim and I both love to entertain! Doors, paths opening, and entryways particularly fascinate. As we walk through life's journey we choose which doors we open and at times must face those that are suddenly locked... while the unexpected gate can swing open invitingly. This is a recurring theme in my recent paintings as it has been my privilege to walk through the gate of this art world into my own studio in our home at the age of 77... and it delightfully challenges with each step taken. At the same time I was experiencing those many years of music in choral, solo work, and conducting choirs, as well as children’s musical productions; both my husband and I were actively involved with many of the pathways opening in Loudoun County, as we moved here in 1958 BEFORE Dulles Airport opened its many gates of growth! Though loving the 277 dairy farms that attracted us here in the first place, responding to the growing population’s demands, he served on the NVRPA, establishing the popular W&OD Trail and establishing many parks and golf courses. I worked to bring the very first socially integrated community center to the county, the LVCC in Purcellville and led the Junior Womens' Club in efforts to establish the first professional help to the hearing impaired in three counties by the opening of the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center... 20 years before my own sudden challenge of the deafened world. During those years the testing of the gateway to the arts beckoned. At one time taking a fantastic painting class at the Corcoran Gallery in DC... but many more years elapsed before driving through the gates of NOVA where I truly found the excitement, challenges, and JOY OF PAINTING under the tutelage of Cathy Wilkin. However life intervened and it was another twenty years during which I worked as a volunteer with the Self Help for the Hard of Hearing National groups and on a state committee for the American Disabilities Act. Fortunately, I was tempted to once again seek out some creative path and walked through the doors of Art Square in Leesburg. There I found inspiration and encouragement through the patient instruction of Trisha Adams, Antonia Walker, Kathy Reidel, Mary Champion, Maggie Siner, Kurt Swartz, Dana Thompson, and Penny Hauffe, and many others, enabling me to keep on keeping on! Learning is a continuing process and through the Loudoun Sketch Club has come a gateway I could never have imagined! This county has such beauty, it calls for the plein air artists! A statement I have used before remains so true as I anticipate seeing our many former and new guests in our home on the Western Loudoun Studio Tour this June is that "in art there are no conclusions, only new beginnings, and each time a challenge is met another follows... it never ends." A great thought for this octogenarian! WE are so looking forward to seeing you again this year! Its a guarantee you will enjoy the tour and all the studios participating. Come to Loudoun! Especially travel to Purcellville stopping in to let us greet you at 608 Glenmeade Circle! It seems to me and others have commented, I paint with my heart. I fully believe all artists do or they could not possibly paint or create from clay or wood. I do paint for joy and that is my gold ribbon and personal reward!

What Do You See?
What Do You See?" (palette knife rendering)
Sunflowers with Apples
Sunflowers with Apples
Guarding the Lane at Oatlands
Guarding the Lane at Oatlands
Loudoun Sketcher at Work
Loudoun Sketcher at Work
Across the Fields
Across the Fields
Fragile
Fragile
Surprise... My Reflection!
Surprise... My Reflection!
August Delights
August Delights
My Studio...
My Studio...

Offering on tour: Oil paintings. Still-lifes, florals, Loudoun County scenes (my real favorites), and the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Loudoun Valley Cluster Stop #24

Directions to painting4joy.com:

From Route 7, exit south onto Route 287. At the circle, exit west onto Main Street toward town. Turn right onto North 33rd Street, then left onto West Country Club Drive, then right onto Glenmeade Circle. First home on the left. Circular drive. Purple door.