Bette Coningsby

Artist Statement

God has created all the beauty that surrounds us in nature and in people. If I, through my art can invoke an emotion and capture a moment in time of God's beauty, then I have been successful. My years of experience and my professional background enables me to render paintings in oils and pastels in an impressionist style.

Utilizing color, to harmonize and complement a color scheme, I am capable of responding to a wide variety of subjects from tranquil steams, vibrant sunsets, morning mists, ocean sunrises, mountain vistas and beautiful gardens. I readily accept commissions from special photographs of landscapes and people. I enjoy working with decorators, designers to create a mood or enhance a room. My portraits begin with a personal meeting and photo shoot followed by a final sitting. I also do paintings of pets and homes from your photos.


My passion has always been painting, if I am not painting I am thinking about painting. I love participating in workshops, competitions, reading about artists or researching ideas to paint. One of my gifts is to teach art and to pass on my passion to others. I have taught art for the past 35 years to adults and children, in Fort Lauderdale Florida as well as Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, where we live 6 months of the year.

Bette Coningsby has painted all her life. She was inspired by her artist grandmother as a child. She started art lessons at a young age and won her first juried award at 12. As a teen growing up in New York City she spent Saturdays at the New York Art Students League and enjoyed visiting New York City museums. She earned a AA degree from Centenary College majoring in painting and commercial art and was employed as a graphic designer. After her 5 children were in school she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art with a teaching certificate from Florida Atlantic University. She taught art in the school system for 6 years and has continued to teach adult classes in Florida and North Carolina for the past 35 years. Bette has explored all mediums but now works and teaches exclusively, oils and pastels.

Bette studied 6 years with Henry Henche at the Cape School of Art, learning color and how it is affected by light. She continues taking workshops from noted artists including: Wolf Kahn, Daniel Green, Cedric and Joanette Egeli, Lois Griffel, Albert Handell, Gregg Kondos and Gay Faulkenberry.


AA Centenary College
BFA Florida Atlantic University
Florida State teaching certificate
Studied six years with Henry Hensche learning color and how it is affected by light.
Workshops in oils: Lois Griffel, Gay Faulkenberry
Workshops in pastels: Albert Handell, Gregory Kondos, Susan Ogilvie, Elsie Dresch, Wolf Kahn
Portrait study: Daniel Green, Peggy Baumgaertner, Michael DelPriore, Cedric and Joanette Egell


Juried into professional status Boca Raton Artist Guild
Delray Art League
Southeastern Pastel Society
Appalachian Pastel Society
Southeastern Women Artists
Lake Toxaway Artist Guild, founder

Recent Awards and Honors

Appalachian Pastel Society National show 2014
North Carolina Pastel Society National show 2013
Southeastern Pastel Society National show 2012
Coral Springs Open Juried Art show Honorable mention 2008
Boca Artist Guild show Honorable mention 2007
One Person show at Transylvania Art Center 2007
Silver Metal in pastel N.C. State Silver Games 2005
First place pastel, Transylvania Senior Games 2005
Second Place oil, Transylvania Senior Games 2005
Honorable Mention, Bonnet House, Florida 2005
Second Place, Boca Artist Guild Show 2005
Honorable Mention, Bascom Museum, Highlands, N.C. 2004


Bette Coningsby Studios:
Ft. Lauderdale and Boynton Beach, Florida; and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina