Betsy Walton, born in Kansas, is a painter and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. As a painter, Walton works with galleries, collectors, as well as personal projects. Her style is influenced by Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the works of many contemporary painters and illustrators. Her artwork explores the "tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments we find in everyday life." I was drawn to Walton's paintings because of her use of pattern, color, and unique subject matters.