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Watercolors By Betty Ganley


The beauty of watercolor is seated in its unique quality of luminosity.  The ability to glaze layer over layer and retain this wonderful glow is a quality that has attracted many new artists in recent years.  The magical movement of the pigment landing on a puddle of water has a mesmerizing attraction.  The portability of the medium also was a quality that drew me from oils to watercolor in the mid 1970’s.  Now, no need for a separate studio, I could use the kitchen table! However to master that medium required many years of study and practice.  In fact it was 3 years before I felt I had created my first painting worthy of a frame.  Over those early years of watercolor I had studied with several nationally recognized artists, but left organized classes after about 7 years in order to develop my own style.

As an artist I am motivated to capture those moments in time, sparked by the rhythm and play of light, the dramatic mood of a fierce sea or a brooding sky, perhaps to capture the delicate petals of a lovely flower lit with reflected light and cast shadows.  I am drawn like a magnet to balanced compositions encompassing both the subject and its shadows, to bursts of joyous color, to undulating reflections – perhaps a cluster of rowboats, a harbor side village, or just a shadow bedecked dirt path.  Of late, my passion seems to lie mostly in the beauty of nautical scenes.  So much to see, so much to paint, -and – yes, I still use the kitchen table.


The recipient of over 80 awards, on local, regional, national and international levels.  Among those awards 12 were for BEST OF SHOW, and 9 were for First Place.


Works have been selected from international competitions to be included in “FRESH FLOWERS, THE BEST OF FLOWER PAINTING”, January, 1996; “SPLASH 5, THE GLORY OF COLOR”, May, 1998; “THE ARTISTIC TOUCH 3”,  May, 1999; “SPLASH 7, A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT”,  May, 2002”;  THE BEST OF VIRGINIA ARTISTS AND ARTISIANS”, 2005;  “SPLASH 9, WATERCOLOR SECRETS”, October, 2006; “POTOMAC VALLEY WATERCOLORISTS, CELEBRATING 40 YEARS”, 2013;  “SPLASH 15, CREATIVE SOLUTIONS”, July 2014;  all books showcasing America’s top watercolorists.  She has authored an article for Northlight Magazine, Spring, 1999, where she was featured as “Artist of the Month”, and has been a featured cover artist with in-depth interview for Elan Magazine, February 2004.  Artscapes, 15 minute T.V. interview, January 2005.  Extensive front page interview: Loudon Friday Times newspaper, February, 2005.

Authored and Illustrated: The book, "Artists Projects You Can Paint, 10 Secret Gardens In Watercolor"; Publisher-International Artist Magazine and Publications, Sydney, Australia, 2005.


Potomac Valley Watercolor Society

Baltimore Watercolor Society

Virginia Watercolor Society

 Executive Board, Director At Large, 2004

Baltimore Watercolor Society

Vienna Art Society

Reston Art League

Mclean Art Society

Southern Watercolor Society

Virginia Watercolor Society

Springfield Art Guild

Great Falls Studios

Gallery Underground, Crystal City, Virginia

Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia


Selected to “Who’s Who of American Women”, Who’s Who in

        America”, and “Who’s Who in American Art”.

2005 & 2006 Oxford Fine Arts Fair, Oxford, Maryland annual

         Memorial Day Fine Arts Fair – Painting chosen for official poster.

Guest Speaker: Vienna Art Society, Vienna VA, 2005

Guest Speaker: Manasquan Art League, Manasquan, N.J., 2006

Guest Demonstrator: Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD. May 2007

Guest Judge: Springfield Art Guild 2009

Juried into McLean Project of the Arts, ARTFEST: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

Guest Judge, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA., June 2010

2013 Invited to join the exclusive and limited membership (26 members) Fine Art Professionals Of Northern Virginia



National Institute of Health 1995

Quiet Waters Gallery, Annapolis 1996

Glenview Mansion, Rockville Sept/Oct 1997

Café Monet, Rockville 1998

The Manor House, Green Spring Gardens Park

    Alexandria, VA, July/August 2002

Blackrock Center For The Arts, Germantown,

    MD., Aug/Sept 2003

Landon School, Bethesda, April 2005

Holy Cross Hospital Gallery, Silver Spring,

    MD, Feb./March, 2007, and Feb/March, 2009

National Institute Of Health, 2009

Mclean Project Of The Arts, ARTFEST 2008,

     2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

NBC STUDIOS, Jan., 2010

Artspace Gallery, Herndon VA, April 2010

Hardwood Artisians, Alexandria, Fairfax VA and

      Rockville MD. – June, July, Aug 2011

Great Falls Studio, annual Studio Tour – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

National Geological Survey Exhibit, February, 2014


                                                                                                                                                                   Authored and illustrated:  The book: “ARTISTS PROJECTS YOU CAN PAINT, 10 SECRET GARDENS IN WATERCOLOR”: Publisher -  International Artists, 2005.