Cone Women’s Health Center

“Avalon II”

18 x 24 encaustic, mixed media

Permanent Collection Cone Women’s Health Center

Greensboro, NC

“A Hero’s Welcome”

24 x 48 encaustic, mixed media

Permanent Collection Cone Health Women’s Center

Greensboro, NC

Mission Hospital Permanent Collection

Delivery of two commissions for Mission Hospital’s new North Tower.  

“Anchored in Forever” and “Penrose Pond”

40 x 60

encaustic, mixed media

Working on Large Commissions

I have several commissions for very large pieces.  Two of them were 60″ wide x 40 high and certainly presented challenges.  The hot wax cooled by the time it left the hot palette to the area I was painting.  It was also difficult not to drip wax on the painting in the wrong places. 

I found a wonderful solution.  A rolling table like the ones used over hospital beds proved to be perfect for moving around the painting and keeping palettes nearby.  I also created a lazy susan using two boxes beneath the panels.  They allowed me to easily rotate the panels.

 Painting these commissions is now a pleasure!

“Music” at the Adler Gallery

I am pleased that “Tom’s Famous Banjo” is in the “Music” show at the Adler Gallery in Posana Restaurant. 

The banjo belongs to my brother, Tom Rhodes.  His band, Branded Heart, has been playing together for over 30 years.  Tom bought the pre-war Gibson from Marc Pruett of Balsam Range.Pruett is a Grammy winner and Balsam Range has received ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year. It is a pre-war Gibson RB-3 with a Frank Neat neck. Frank is the premiere banjo builder in the world.

The show was curated by Katrina Chenevert and is up for three months May – July.   



River Arts District Fall 2018 Studio Stroll



The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend at the Fall Studio Stroll, welcoming the public to experience and collect amazing art in the studios and galleries.

The Fall Stroll will once again feature a Food Drive in support of MANNA FoodBank by collecting non-perishable food items for our area’s needy families. Donations and information on the event will be located at the City of Asheville’s newly renovated building at 14 Riverside Drive. Attendees will enjoy free parking, restrooms and shuttle pick up at the location right on the French Broad River. The Artists are hoping to match or surpass the approximately 1000 pounds of non-perishables they collected last year for MANNA Food Bank.

I hope you will stop in 310 ART in Riverview Station to see my waterscapes and the wonderful work of 27 other artists!


A Thousand Summers

Seeing my artwork in its forever home is very gratifying.   I loved getting this photo of “A Thousand Summers” from a collector in Raleigh, NC!  Thank you 310 ART for making the sale.



I enjoy exhibiting my work at the LAB — Lexington Avenue Brewery.  My work was on display September – October.  It is a great showcase for artists and Ashley Sheffler with the LAB is amazing to work with.  She has an eye for displaying artwork!



Gathering of the Artisans 2018

It was such a joy to teach a wonderful group of women at The 2018 Gathering of the Artisans!  The evening services were so inspirational!   I felt  fortunate to interact  with this class!  No circuits blew!   No one was intimidated by torches!  The plastic kept us from standing in the hurricane “Florence’s” waters.  The winds gave us ventilation.  I am so inspired by this experience!  Thank you Matt Tommey and the Worship Studio,




“Day Blink”  (moment at dawn where a lookout can see above low lying mist)


I try to express in my new waterscape paintings the peace and tranquility I derive from my love of water—whether it be in the mountains of WNC or the coast.

As a child, I could spend a day damming up “Sumner’s Creek” and plucking tadpoles and lizards from the clear water that eventually flowed into the French Broad River. I floated, fished and swam in the French Broad River before it was the “in” thing to do. And I’ve scattered ashes into its emerald waters.

Summers spent on Fontana Lake are a part of me. The mirrored surface of the lake is perfect for water skiing and skinny-dipping beneath a full moon is an experience I don’t pass up. I’ve seen helicopters scoop up huge buckets of water to fight blazes and I’ve seen the spillways opened spewing water hundreds of feet into the air to prevent flooding.

I’ve played in the surf of Carolina beaches and dug for shells in tide pools with my toes. I’ve enjoyed the gentle relaxing ocean waves but also know first hand what a force of nature its currents can be. Still, there is such a beauty in my coastal memories.


Waterlily Series


I have enjoyed my return to incorporating photographs into my encaustic paintings.  This new work is a series of photographs of waterlilies that are printed on silk and embedded into beeswax.  Each is 20′ x 20″ x 2.5″ on cradled wooden panel.  Available for sale.





This series can be seen at the Lexington Avenue Brewery   (LAB) in downtown Asheville December 11 – January 15.  I hope you can stop in to see my art, have a great lunch or dinner and enjoy a brew.




Wax, Watercolor and Alcohol Ink

watercolor on paper, wax, image transfer, pan pastel

watercolor on paper, wax, image transfer, pan pastel

October 14  |  10 – 4  |  $185

$185 includes all materials. Create 4 works of art using watercolor, alcohol ink and encaustic. Paint loose watercolor art in guided lessons. Then encapsulate and protect your work in luminous encaustic layers, embellish with ephemera and add finally add the “IT” factor. Alcohol inks add dimension and vibrant color to this mixed media artwork. Your work will need no protective glass and will be ready to hang! No experience necessary.


310 Art  |  191 Lyman St.  |  Asheville, NC 28801

For class descriptions and directions use the registration link. 

“Ebb and Flow” Exhibit


Several works in Bet’s “Black Diamond” series are included in the “Ebb and Flow” exhibition at the Asheville Area Arts Council, Grove Arcade, Asheville. This is a group exhibit by the artists of 310 Art. Their work will be on display January 3 through March 31, 2015.




Bet’s work will be on exhibit October 6 – 14, 2014 at the Bakehouse Art Center, Audrey Love Gallery, Miami, FL. The pieces juried into the show are encaustic collagraphs. “The Devil In The Straight Line” is an international juried show sponsored by International Encaustic Artists and jurored by Henning Haupt. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 10 from 7 – 10 pm. The gallery reception on Friday is a kickoff to the larger Wynwood Art Crawl on Saturday Night, a separate event which draws approximately 4600 people every month to the Wynwood Arts district.



This exhibit is inspired by Austrian Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of the best-known late 20th century artists. He created zany masterpieces of unruly shapes and vibrant color and considered straight lines “the devil’s tools.”

Encaustic painting lends itself beautifully to Hundertwasser’s ideals.