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Betty Scanlan is the featured library artist for January 


Scanlan has painted with watercolors for 15 years

–The featured artist for January in the Paso Robles City Library will be Betty Scanlan.

Scanlan grew up traveling the world with her Army family. Her mother, an oil painter, had a strong influence on her daughter’s desire to one day pick up a brush and express what she saw. As a child, Scanlan won awards for animal sculptures, charcoal drawings, and paintings of insects and birds.

After raising her family and a long career as a nurse, Scanlan finally had time to take up her brushes and study watercolor. She has painted with many local masters, but the strongest influence on her art has been John Barnard. She says that she loves his sense of freedom and whimsy. Her favorite old master is Cezanne.Scanlan2

Scanlan has painted with watercolors for 15 years and says she enjoys painting landscapes both on the Central Coast and in the Sierra Nevadas. While she says that she loves the surprises that watercolor can produce, she sometimes enjoys the control of oil painting. Her style is described as, “bold with strong contrasts and is evolving to be more free and impressionistic.”

The Paso Robles City Library is located at 1000 Spring Street and is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information visit to or call (805) 237-3870.


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