About the artist


Watercolorist, Betsy Jacaruso, received her BFA with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn, NY in 1979. Through the years, she has gained the reputation for being not only a talented painter, but also a gifted instructor who teaches drawing and painting techniques as a way of realizing individual vision.  Her students find her mastery of watercolor painting invaluable in the process of learning to handle the complexities of the medium.

Her current work explores atmosphere and luminosity in landscape, and has been featured in both regional and international exhibitions, as well as represented in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Betsy has also gained the reputation of being incessantly active in promoting the arts in her community and is a frequent participant in local shows, auctions, and fundraisers. In 2018, Betsy received the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce Good Egg Award.

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Artist Statement



I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. – Georgia O’Keeffe


Being an introverted young girl, I found that drawing allowed me to express my thoughts and emotions in ways that words never sufficed.  As I grew older, my relationship with art grew stronger – I found that drawing and painting allowed me the freedom of self expression and in those moments of being caught up in the creative process, I felt that I was searching deeper within myself, as well as the subject matter.

The natural beauty of the mountains and river that comprise the Hudson Valley—where I was raised, has always transfixed me. Some of my largest collections of watercolor paintings depict the majesty of the views from Olana State Historic Site, the tranquility of Vandenburgh Cove in Rhinecliff, and the vintage charm of the towns and estates along the Hudson.

My current work explores atmosphere and luminosity. Reflected light on the river, or the contrast of bright sliver of moon against the dark warmth of evening clouds inspires a connection. I believe that my best artwork goes beyond the composition—it should evoke a feeling, have an effect that is beyond ‘visual’. In my luminous landscape series I create a spontaneous response, and through the aqueous process of watercolor I distill what I see to its essence.

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Curriculum Vitae

Betsy Jacaruso
845-516-4435 | info@betsyjacaruso.com | 43-2 East Market Street Rhinebeck NY 12572


Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn NY — BFA (with honors) — 1979
Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie NY – Associate of Arts— 1975

Exhibition History

Solo Shows

2018 – Gallery at Beacon Institute of Rivers & Estuaries, Clarkson University “LUMINOUS WATERWAYS” 199 Main Street, Beacon, New York.

2017 - Locust Grove, Museum Pavillion “LIQUID LIGHT” Poughkeepsie, New York.

2007 - Dyson Center, Vassar Hospital

2006 - Art Society of Kingston, Kingston, New York

Selected Group Shows

2017 - ARTBAR Kingston, “IN MIXED COMPANY” Kingston, New York

2017 - Albert Shahinian Fine Art, “THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE 2017” Rhinebeck, New York

2016 - Bannerman Island Gallery, “THE FINE ART OF WATERCOLOR” Beacon, New York

2007 Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

2006 - Woodstock School of Art

Juried Shows

2008 - Made in Italy, Art and the Il Chiostro Experience, New York, New York.

2006 - Art Society of Kingston, Kingston New York

2004 - Wilderstein, “HUDSON RIVER ART” Rhinecliff, New York

2003 - Wilderstein, “HUDSON RIVER ART AT RHINEBECK” Rhinecliff, New York


Northern Dutchess Hospital. Rhinebeck, New York.

Benedictine Hospital, Women’s Health Center, Kingston, New York. 


“Best of Hudson Valley Awards: Best Adult Art Classes” Hudson Valley Magazine, October 20018.

“Welcome to Rhinebeck 2018-2019 (cover).” Enjoy Rhinebeck. Cover art: Liquid Light 2017.

“Edge of Light.” The New York Times.  17 February 2013.

“Things to do in the Hudson Valley.” Image: Quest for Life, 2015. The New York Times. 23 June 2016.

“Watercolor Round the World.” Taconic Press, Artcetera, 2006.

“Review Poughkeepsie, Then and Now.” The Poughkeepsie Journal, 2006.

“Cover-color Weekend.” Taconic Press, 2005.

Country & Abroad 2014-2018

Art Times Journal


2018 Good Egg Award. Single recipient. Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce. 2018. Presented by Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro.

Certificate of Recognition, for enriching Rhinebeck with her creative vision, her art, and her dedication to our community. The Rhinebeck Town Board. 2018

Affiliations & Memberships.

Cross River Artists since 2001

Volunteer Art Instructor, Anderson School for Autism, Staatsburg, New York, since 2017.

Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York -2018

Woodstock School of Art

Art Mid Hudson 2015

Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce, Joined 2012

Workshops & Teaching Experience

2018 Ocean Reef Art League, Key Largo, Florida

2015-2016 - Dutchess Day School, Millbrook, New York

2002-2010 - Il Chiostro: Tuscany, Lake Garda, Sardinia, Burgundy

2006-2007 - Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

2000 / 2003 / 2019 - Buckeley Middle School Artist’s in Action

2000-2007 - Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Red Hook, New York