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12/23/2009

Art from the ♥

[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

Her Dreams were of Colors Contemporary Abstract Painting

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Note Card

Breast Cancer Awareness Note Card

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.

Abstract Art Note Card

Abstract Art Note Card - Artist with Autism

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?

Abstract Art Blank Note Card

Abstract Art Blank Note Card

Thoughts of Her Dreams Contemporary Abstract Painting

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4 Comments »

  1. Betty is truly an inspiration, a model for generosity as well as a talented artist. I don’t what they were thinking when she wasn’t offered that head designer job ;). We need to hear about people who get pleasure from giving and doing for others..especially at this time of year…especially this year!

    Comment by Suzanne@threepeats — 12/23/2009 @ 7:07 am

  2. thanks so much. what a nice surprise.

    Comment by betty — 12/23/2009 @ 8:07 am

  3. Thanks Lois, wonderful artist! Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Carol Gnagey — 12/23/2009 @ 2:56 pm

  4. It is so wonderful that Betty and her sister give so much to charity and create lovely art. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Linda B — 12/23/2009 @ 4:03 pm


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