About Betty Slade

Impressionist Artist, columnist, poet of brush

Poet of the Brush


Betty Slade, artist, author, columnist  and teacher


I have drawn from 45 years of painting and 45 years of Bible study and teaching to arrive at this point in time.  I have experienced every facet in the art field. About my life, I have many loves, but two passions, my faith in the Lord Jesus and the arts


artist, impressionist, Betty Slade

Impressionistic Artist

In the 90’s, I owned my own gallery, retail and wholesale, had a TV program series and my own publishing company.

I’ve evolved as a person and artist over the years, my art reflects those changes.  I started in oils in 1965, moved into watercolors in 1980 and in 2008, I developed another medium, a combination of mixed mediums.  From more traditional landscape paintings, through the Southwest period to my recent more impressionist pieces, I keep stretching and experimenting with colors and design.

My work hangs in many galleries; I have worked for a national e-magazine, and the past ten years the Princess Cruise Line has carried my prints.  The Santa Fe Art Brokerage Gallery in Santa, New Mexico also carries my work.

I have written and self-published two poetry books and two study books on the Bible. I have been very fortunate to write a column,The Artist’s Lane, for the local paper. The articles are about small-townUSA, and has a reader’s  base of 7,000.

Betty Slade, Artist, writer, columnist, teacher

Al & Betty Slade

I have recently written a novel, Spirit of the Red Candle: Journal of Mary Magdalene.  I am available for speaking and teaching engagements.

My 4,000 square foot studio and gallery is next door to our home where my husband Al and I lived. My gallery houses a span of my work and gives me opportunity to host Artist and Writer’s Retreats, and I  teach painting as the resident artist. .

cabins, rent, retreat, ministry

Blanco Dove retreat Center










The Blanco Dove Retreat Center has been a vital part of ministry for twenty-five years. Conferences and retreats have been held on the property. 4 cabins and a bathhouse are  available for artists and writers.

Week Art Workshop  are fun and casual yet carry the depth that the soul desperately hungers for.  My desire is to help students find a spiritual voice in the arts.  Students are surprised to discover themselves and their gifts as they experience the arts.  .

Retreat Center, artists, writers, cabins

Starving Artist



On the property we have cabins for week and weekend guests. Each cabin is named and decorated for the arts: The Starving Artist, the Profound Poet, The Musically inclined and The Photo Shoot and a bathhouse, The Writer’s Block, is provided for the cabins.