Betty Gerstner

     Artist in Paradise
A Little About Me
Photo of Betty
I have been a Porcelain Painter since the late 1970's.  I discovered porcelain painting as a result of trying to find a better medium for painting subjects for jewelry settings.

I had been using acrylic paint on porcelain blanks and cabacons.   This involved painting scenery, flowers, animals, etc. on the object and then coating the object with resin to protect it from peeling and chipping.   It was a messy, laborous job, which required removal of the resin "drips" and often made the object too large for the setting because of the additional layer of resin coating.   And, even with the resin coating, the painting could easily be scratched.   By painting the porcelain blanks with china paint, and firing them in a kiln, I had a permanent surface and a much more delicate painting with no additional thickness.

Later, I branched out into painting of larger objects: vases, bowls, platters, tiles, etc.

Around 1998, I added luster painting to my porcelain painting skills.

In 2000, I moved to the big island of Hawaii.   Later that year, I started watercolor painting.    I continue to paint on porcelain and now teach the medium.

In January, 2001, I bought a home in Kona Paradise, which had a gorgeous view of the whole shoreline, north and south from my house.   I sold my Kona Paradise home in October of 2003 and bought a large house in Captain Cook, that had an "Ohana" (separate living unit) downstairs.  I taught classes in china painting each Thursday and Saturday morning in my studio, but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, I have temporarily suspended classes.

In porcelain painting, my specialty is painting animals (my favorite is the tiger and other big cats) and portraits of people.   I generally use my own photos as a source of my paintings.

With watercolor, my painting subjects vary, my favorites being the florals of Hawaii and other tropical animals and birds.

My cat, Dancer, who was another favorite subject for my watercolor paintings, died in 2019. He was about 19 years old.

  WatercolorsHand Painted Porcelain
HomeColored Pencil Pet Portraits