Betty J. Coffey moved to the Mt. Airy/Clarkesville, GA. area in December 2006 from El Paso, TX. She had lived in El Paso for some fifty years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, and was an elementary school teacher for nine years. She partially owned and operated a tool and die business, producing metal stampings until 2005.
Betty began art lessons in 1979. In 1981 she began tole and decorative painting using oil paints and some acrylics, Betty also started bird watching that same year and birds became a focal point of her painting. She continued painting in oils, with birds and flowers being her primary subjects. Betty also has done “Reverse Glass” painting, which is an old European technique.
In 2007 Betty met and began art lessons with Jan Walker of Cornelia, Georgia. Jan teaches color pencil drawing, which has now become Betty’s favorite form of art. Betty’s art is framed and behind glass. Her subject matter includes birds, flowers, gardening scenes, some wildlife, simple landscapes and still life.