Artist Bio

Betsy Stecker

Linoleum Printmaker

Betsy is from Royal Oak, Michigan. She spends her days working among children, as an administrator at a character-centered, independent school in southeast Michigan. In evenings she works on her art and indulges in the hip music and food scene along the Woodward corridor. On breaks and in summer she and her husband, an architect, spend as much time as possible up North at a simple cottage they co-designed in beautiful Presque Isle, a pristine and natural place on earth that inspires much of Betsy's art. There they read books, walk in the woods with Lab-Rottie Lulu, kayak Huron, and -- in the most auspicious of days -- enjoy the company of their two grown children. She also is fond of midcentury art, evidenced by her gleaming 1950s small appliance collection and midcentury pattern motifs that appear in some of her prints. Betsy is a self-taught artist.

"The arts are a very human way of making life more bearable.

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.

Do it as well as you possibly can.

You will get an enormous reward ...

you will have created something."

Kurt Vonnegut