Betsy Bell McKimm


“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  Twyla Tharp
Could Twyla Tharp have imagined the significance of these words in our world of 2020? In times of isolation and change, these words signify the true necessity of the arts and the satisfaction that comes with artistic expression – truly preserving our sanity. I am grateful to have the time and means for artistic expression, and drawing upon the lessons of some wonderful teachers* and life experiences**, I am here: sharing and creating classes for art (and yoga) for the curious, perhaps hesitant individual who seeks creative expression, mental equanimity, and simple joy!
My teaching style is to share tips, techniques and best practices; to let the student explore the media, understand it’s limitations and benefits, and ultimately to help them discover what excites them and to express this excitement with pen, pencil, and paint.
My artistic expressions are eclectic but with a current preference for drawing, water media, and oils. Seldom do I attempt high realism, preferring to add or remove oddities to create something humorous, thought provoking and perhaps demented. Sometimes my subjects are anthropomorphic beings in quiet situations expressed with graphite, ink, watercolour, and coloured pencils. Other times I play with a big canvas and energetically fill it with non-representational images, unreal beings and emotionally charged colour!
*Toronto School of Art, UofT, Ivey School of Business, Centennial College, Ashram Yoga
**mother, yogi, teacher, banker


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