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Betsy Ashton

The Ashton Studio, Inc.

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Long Island City, NY 11101
United States

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Anyone desiring a portrait that captures the character and personality of someone special, whether for a home, office, club, university or other personal or professional setting.

About My Business:


I am an artist who loves to interview and paint people. After 20 years of interviewing people as a radio and television news reporter and anchorwoman, I now capture their personality and character in life-sized oil paintings. I work from life whenever possible, but also paint from photographs in my New York studio. First, I meet and interview the subject, then photograph them in a place that has special meaning to them. From these photos we mutually select the one that will be my primary reference for the painting, which I complete in my studio. A final sitting is desired, if possible, to make sure I have captured all the nuances of character and light. Those who can sit for me find it a fun experience -see their comments on my website. Those who cannot are kept abreast of progress on the portrait through photos that I send as the work continues. I am a "brushy realist" following in the tradition of John Singer Sargent, and have studied with, and am advised by, noted painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, NA. I completed all the course work for a Masters in Fine Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC, before being diverted to a career in television. But I have also studied at the Corcoran School of Art, and most recently at the Art Students' League in New York City and Florence, Italy, and the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City. You can view my portfolio at

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