Wooden TaBle lamp with shade

Wooden TaBle lamp with shade

 The Artist - Betsy Thomas at work

The Artist - Betsy Thomas at work

About the Art

 Designs on the side

Designs on the side

Betsy Thomas is the Past President of the Society of Decorative Painters and past President of the Friends of Brookside Gardens.  Her artwork is in collections at the White House, Blair House, the Smithsonian as well as the National Museum of Decorative Painting in Atlanta, Georgia (closed in 2018). 

Decorative painting is a diverse art form utilizing a variety of techniques and media to decorate functional and non-functional surfaces. Because of the systematic methods employed, contemporary decorative painting is a highly teachable art form. Tole painting (tôle, derived from the French tôle peinte, "painted sheet metal") is the folk art of decorative painting on favorite tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture and spread from Europe to the US in the 18th century. Typical metal objects include utensils, coffee pots, and similar household items also called toleware. Wooden objects include tables, chairs, and chests, including hope chests, toyboxes and jewelry boxes. It had a resurgence in the 1960s and the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) was formed in 1972 to promote interest in decorative painting. In modern times, any interesting, everyday object including watering cans, bags, lamp bases etc. form the perfect canvas for the artist!!