From an early age, growing up in a Philadelphia suburb, I was obsessed with art making of all types: drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry -- even designing a collection of paper dolls and their clothing. After moving to Los Angeles at age twelve, I studied figure drawing at Choinard Art Institute where I first experienced drawing from the nude model. Upon high school graduation, I received a summer scholarship to Art Center College of Design.
Having decided to forego forgo college for a time, I spent two years traveling and studying art and culture in Britain, Western Europe and Morocco.
I attended college at California State university, Long Beach earning a B.F.A. in Sculpture and jewelry design, after which I spent five years as a professional jeweler.
My involvement in art making took a back seat while I built and sustained my massage therapy practice, Betzi Stein Massage Therapy. Being drawn to the massage profession has always felt like a natural extension of my love of drawing and sculpting the body.
In recent years I’ve returned seriously to painting the figure, initially in colored pencil and now, exclusively in acrylic. Of particular interest to me is contemporary portraiture and hands. I work in my home studio in the Palms section of Los Angeles.
I am an active member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, Los Angeles Art Association, Portrait Society of America and Women Painters West. My art has received awards, been shown and collected throughout the United States.