Pittsburgh Artist Registry

The Downstairs Studio

The Downstairs Studio

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Mid-career
Experienced With Commissions, Leading workshops, Speaking engagements

As an artist, I have enjoyed experimenting and working in various media through the years but I seem to always be drawn back to fabrics and fibers. To me there is just something beautiful and fulfilling about working with the colors, feel, and versatility of cloth. 

 I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity of watching and learning from my very patient mother who taught me to use a needle and thread and a sewing machine at a very young age.......needless to say, I haven't stopped!

 Inspiration may come from everyday surroundings ....nature, people, books, fabrics, and life itself.  My thoughts and expressions may be captured on the surface of my art or sometimes deep within.

 I design and create to inspire, show a little of my thoughts and personality, and hopefully let the viewer pause, think, and smile! 


Betsy’s love of colorful fabrics, fibers, and threads stems back to her childhood.   She had the opportunity of watching and learning from her mother who patiently taught her to use a needle and thread and a sewing machine…… needless to say, she hasn’t stopped.


Through the years Betsy has designed and created clothing, wedding gowns, art dolls, fabric sculptures, and art quilts.  Her greatest passion, however, is creating thread paintings from digital photos that seem to speak to her.  While researching, taking numerous classes, and learning all she could about the technique, she began to add her own ideas.  As layers of colorful threads are laid down the piece becomes a realistic painting on fabric.  She describes the process as daily therapy.


Betsy has exhibited her work at various galleries in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Florida and has been accepted into numerous juried art shows throughout the country.   Her art can also be found at Gallery 29 in Sharon, PA and the Bottlebrush Gallery in Harmony, PA.  She has completed numerous private and business pieces on commission.


Betsy is a member of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.  She and her husband, Dave, reside in northwestern Pennsylvania.






New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101
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  • Craft
  • Internet
  • Mixed-media
  • Public Art
  • Textile


  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Batik
  • Collage
  • Colored-pencil
  • Fabric
  • Fiber
  • Silkscreen