is the youngest of eight children, with six sisters and one brother. She
has no conventional job but having that many older siblings, there's
always plenty of opportunities for babysitting their kids.
In her spare time she mostly just 'hangs out' with friends but also
enjoys reading, horse-back riding and of course, drawing and painting.
Her early years
For as long as she can rember, Bethany has always enjoyed drawing an
creating things. "Playing crafts" and drawing were always her favorite
things to do while growing up. Instead of coloring in color books, she
would try to replicate the pictures. The drawing on the right is one she
did when she was eight.
One of Bethany's first works was a Christmas tree ornament for the
McHenry Parks District contest. She gathered up a bunch of materials,
sat down in the middle of the kitchen floor, and started working. About
three hours later it was complete. She took it to the Parks District
office (arrived there just in time) and entered it in the contest. It
took first place.
Her drawing style
Even Bethany's earliest drawings show that her artistic style has stayed
pretty much the same. True, her techniques have greatly improved; under
her art teachers tutelage she has added a lot of diversity to her
She would still rather draw people than anything else and use nothing
but a #2 pencil. She likes pencil so she can erase any mistakes and by
drawing people she can convey different emotions through different
is also a big part of Bethany's life. She spent her elementry school
years at a Catholic school and attends church regularly, although like
most people, never really liked it. That is until she started going to
the Church of The Holy Apostles and the priest there, Father Sherry,
showed hre that mass could be actually enjoyed.
She became a volunteer C.C.D. teacher and when the church asked for a
volunteer artist, that led to her focusing her portfolio around the