Betsy Jones McDonald has loved painting and drawing as long as she can remember. Her first artistic training was with artist, Geri Davis of Columbus, Georgia while still in high school. Betsy went on to study fine art at Columbus State University. Her eye for design was put to work as a design manager in her years working in advertising and visual merchandising. In the early 1990's, she began doing murals for schools, businesses and private residences around Columbia, S.C., which is when McDonald realized her true love lay in large-format painting. She’s pursued oil-on-canvas as her preferred medium ever since. She paints using only the primary colors, (red, yellow and blue), along with white, and custom mixes all of the colors in her paintings. Betsy, along with artist, Jim Nelson, founded Island Art Gallery in 2009. The gallery, although, no longer owned by McDonald, is still open Monday- Saturday and McDonald regularly teaches "Color Theory Workshops" there. You can find her paintings exhibited at Perspective Gallery in Mt. Pleasant, Island Art Gallery in Pawleys Island, S.C. and Brookgreen Gardens in Murrels Inlet, S.C.