417 Home: When did you first become interested in painting?
Betty Parnell: I hate to tell you this, but I didn't paint. I didn't think that I had an artistic—well, I'm not going to say bone in my body—but I really figured it out when I made a Valentine's painting for my husband. It took me six hours to do it; it was abstract and it was the first time that I really painted. He liked it. When I was in school—maybe there was abstract art out there, but they didn't teach it. When I did start painting, I felt this pull to do it more and more, and it was so much fun. And then, I started getting better. As a Master Gardener, I have played with colors all of my life, in my own garden and working with others. Translating this fascination with color onto a canvas has been a natural extension of my interests.
417 Home: When did you start showcasing in Obelisk Home’s gallery?
B.P.: I had some pieces in a friend’s house and Nathan Taylor, the owner of Obelisk Home, asked who had painted one of them. She said me, and that's kind of how it started. I had my first show at Obelisk in November 2015, and am currently offering number four, a joint effort with friend and fellow artist Jane Parker.