Betsy Dillard Stroud, a born Virginian, resides in Scottsdale, AZ. The Eastern upbringing and the spirit of the West and Southwest infuse her work. She states, “As a painter, color is my language, my brush is my voice, and my finished painting is my testimony.” Betsy was educated at Stuart Hall Episcopal Girls School in Staunton, VA. She received her B.A. from Radford College and her M.A. in history from the University of Virginia where she was the first woman in the graduate arts program. She had just completed the course work for her doctorate and her orals in art history when she wrote her first book, Coming Higher-Going Hence.
Stroud is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, former president of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Life Member and Royal Scorpion of the Arizona Watercolor Association. She is a member of The 22 “x30” Watercolor Critique Group in Scottsdale.
One of the most prolific writers, painters, and jurors in the country, Betsy Dillard Stroud is the winner of 22 awards, has had 22 one-woman exhibitions of her work, and has exhibited in over 140 invitational, joint, and competitive national and regional shows. A highly respected workshop teacher and juror since 1987, she teaches painting workshops nationally and locally at the Scottsdale Artists’ School and the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. Also a professional writer, Betsy has written several books including Painting from the Inside Out. She served as Associate Editor of North America for International Artist Magazine (1998-2001) and is a frequent contributor to many art magazines including International Artist Magazine, American Artist magazine, Southwest Art magazine, Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic. She is a CTM member of the Park Central Toastmasters, Phoenix, AZ.