[This post originally ran on July 30, 2009. In the true holiday spirit of giving, there is no other artist I know who is more worthy of being featured during Christmas week. Everything Betty does is for the good of others and from the heart. So, without further ado, here is art from the heart.]
Artist: Betty Refour
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My favorite color as a child was yellow-orange; it had to be on everything I drew. Growing up, I wanted to be a Fashion Designer and loved the classic style to the designs of Coco Chanel who was my idol. After finishing design school and not immediately getting a job as a Head Designer *smile*, I pursued other interests.
After a back injury some 15 years later, I started painting as a form of therapy. I had continued to draw, but I had never painted. When a friend asked me to design a card for her baby shower, I got the idea to put my artwork on cards.
Through brefour, I support The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The International Myeloma Foundation. My sister, Rose, who is also an artist, has autism. She is mostly non-verbal and will often use art to express herself. A portion of the proceeds from the items she creates is donated to the The Autism Society of America.
I am motivated to support these particular causes for very personal reasons. Rose and I lost our maternal grandmother to breast cancer and our mother to myeloma. In addition, giving back was something I was taught growing up. And what better way to honor the people that taught me that valuable lesson?