Betty Franks Krause
Betty Franks Krause was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in San Jose, California. She is a self-taught abstract artist who started painting when she turned 50. Although it seems late in life to take up painting, the timing was just right for her.

After a long career in customer service management, she was ready to unleash her creative side. Here's what Betty has to say about her work: "I have a love for flowers…fields of flowers…and the lines in nature of trees, stems, branches, tall weeds. When it comes to the process of creating, I have very little patience, therefore, my preferred paint is acrylic.

I find that acrylics dry quickly and allow me to move freely from one layer to the next. I also use mark making tools such as charcoal, graphite and pencils along with nails, skewers, toothpicks or anything else to scratch into the surface and create texture. Experimenting regularly allows for happy accidents that surprise and delight me. My art is filled with color, which reflects the joy I feel within and the positive outlook I have in life. It is my mission to spread that joy to others through my art."



  1. Phyllis on November 23, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    This podcast was great!
    I was unable to attend your workshop due to a death in our family.
    Thank you for making it available so I can take part in the future. I have done art on and off since college. I have a BFA from PLU in Tacoma WA. I had a long career in the fashion industry after which I opened a “paint your own ceramics “ studio in Bothell WA. My Real Estate career in the last 20 years has offered me several different ways to use my visual skills. Now it’s time to truly do art. I’m looking forward to retirement in the next couple of years and your shared experiences will inspire me to used my past skills and development new ones to carry on and feed my soul! Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Caroline Italia on November 24, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Phyllis,

      Thank you for sharing! I’m so happy that you plan to feed your soul with your art. It’s the right and perfect time fo you. Please keep on touch and let me know how you are doing and if you have any particular subjects you would like to know about on the podcast.

      Until next time,