Bette Blank always painted, but became an artist full-time as a second career. Her first was in the field of science. Her mother had always stressed the importance of a woman being able to support herself, and Bette earned a PhD in Engineering at U.C. Berkeley. But when her mother died in 2000, Bette’s priorities shifted. She began painting prolifically, often scenes featuring her family or familiar locations in her hometown of Madison, New Jersey. She has a direct, storytelling approach, and says artists Howard Finster and Horace Pippin were both important influences. State of the Arts visited Bette and some of her locations in this story produced in June 2007.

Produced by Susan Wallner; Narrated by Amber Edwards.