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Betty Lusk Hughes was born in rural Lake County, Illinois, and grew up surrounded by vast agricultural landscapes, animals and flower gardens. She comes from a long line of Illinois farmers, which contributes to her appreciation of the rural countryside.
Hughes began drawing with pencil and paper at an early age. She attended Beloit College and the University of Illinois, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. She taught for several years.
Three decades as the wife of a career Marine Corps officer and mother of three led to multiple moves across the U.S., and to Trinidad, Tobago and Okinawa, which provided wonderful new landscapes but limited time to paint.
Following her husband’s 30 years of active duty, the couple returned to Illinois. They settled in the university community of Champaign-Urbana where Hughes renewed her commitment to art and continues to hone her craft through workshops with significant artists.
Although she has worked in many mediums, Hughes prefers watercolor and oil. Among her favorite subjects are still life, floral and landscapes. She considers painting scenes of vintage architecture, farmsteads, barns and equipment a form of historic preservation.
Hughes’ work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions. She has won awards in numerous juried competitions, and she has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine. She is a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the American Watercolor Society and 40 North (88 West), a community arts organization.
Hughes is also an accomplished seamstress and avid gardener, often featuring her own flowers in her paintings. She creates her art at a relaxed pace with emphasis on quality, choosing her subjects in a heartfelt way which she hopes is evident as you view her gallery.