Paintings, like poetry or music are essential nutrients that help people sustain healthy lives…They illuminate, they humble, they nurture, they inspire.     

Roberta Smith, New York Times art critic

Artist's Statement

Betty Haskin

My paintings are based in landscape. While color, light and shadow may initially draw the viewer to my work, my intention is to offer a transformative experience. In capturing an ephemeral green in a sky or red in a shadow, I share some nuance of nature that attunes the viewer to observe more carefully the beauty of the natural world. 

I am inspired by the paintings of Joan Mitchell, Wolf Kahn and Claude Monet, all artists who reference nature in their work. While my interest was first captivated by their use of color, I return to their work because of each artist’s unique approach to mark-making; the particular quality of putting paint on canvas that allows one to comprehend viscerally the artist’s process. I share this need and satisfaction in making marks. My newer work moves in this direction as I strive to engage the viewer with the energy and immediacy of my creative process.

There needs to be a moment of surprise in any work, something that grabs the viewer (first of all, the maker) by the collar and won’t let him go.   
- Wolf Kahn, Paintings, Pastels & Monotypes


I worked and consulted in the field of arts & health for seventeen years. Research in the field supports the theory that views of nature, whether through a window or represented in a painted landscape, encourage and sustain healing. I am struck by the synchronicity of my creative work (painting landscapes) and my curatorial work in the arts & health field; in both situations I affect the quality of the viewer’s experience. It is important to me that my work offers the possibility of transformation, of experiencing the world differently and in a way that supports health and well-being.

Exhibition Record



"Sabbatikos," Ackland Museum Store
Chapel Hill, NC
"Greece, Light & Crisis," Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC


"Sabbatical Sale," Private home exhibition & sale
Chapel Hill, NC


"Looking to Nature II," Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC


“Looking to Nature,“ Greenleaf Gallery
Nags Head, NC


“Recent Paintings,” Atrium Gallery, Lombardi Cancer Center
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC.


“Paintings from Distant Places,” Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC.


“Elizabeth Haskin--Paintings; Bill Neville--Furniture Designs,“ Gallery Americas
Carrboro, NC


“New Paintings,” Greenleaf Gallery
Nags Head, NC.


“Sunlight and Shadows,” Capital Gallery of Art
Frankfort, KY.


“Paintings from Recent Travels,” Duck Blind Ltd., Art Gallery
Kitty Hawk, NC



Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands Invitational 30th Annual Orange County Women’s Center Benefit,
Chapel Hill, NC


“Routes and Journeys,” Atlanta, GA and
Johannesburg, South Africa 

49th Annual Juried Members Show, Durham Art Guild
Durham, NC


Through Women’s Eyes, juried, Orange County Women’s Center Benefit
Chapel Hill, NC


33rd Annual Exhibition of Art on Paper, juried, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery
Greensboro, NC


“Transformations,” RJR Gallery, Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts
Winston-Salem, NC


“Imagery of the Divine Feminine,” Winston-Salem/Forsythe County Arts Council
Winston-Salem, NC


Florida Pastel Society XI Annual Exhibition, Juried, Art League of Manatee County
Bradenton, FL


American Drawing Biennial II, Juried, Muscarelle Museum
Williamsburg, VA

Awards and Recognition


Artist Residency, Arts in Healthcare Advocates, group and individual creative work.
Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY


Invited member, The Creative Center Colloquium. One of twelve arts-in-health professionals from North America invited to converse on the future of the field.
New York City, NY


Artist Residency, funded by NC Arts Council and McCall Center for Visual Arts
Caversham Center, Kwazulu Natal Province, South Africa