Artist Statement

Betty Byrd

Betty Byrd is an American award-winning novelist & wildlife photographer whose 10-year birthday gift of a camera led her into photography. Now her photos hang in several collections throughout the country.

Her work captures tight, intimate portraits of animals in the wild, some with crisp, detailed eyes that stand out like floodlights. Some people like to call her work, “Glamour Shots.” Her photos are designed to inspire and to give a voice to the voiceless. Betty’s photos draw people into the natural world, to be less afraid of the wild and what it represents. She believes that we cannot take away “WILDNESS.” For in that space we can sympathize with the animal & it’s requirements, it’s needs.

She does not have a flow or rhythm to her prints and they don’t ever convey the same message. Her calling card is that you let the art lead the hand and control the vision. The way she sees a scene, or the way she chooses to interpret that scene opens up many avenues of creativity so that she can explore them all.

Above all, she has patience to wait for the right subject to come along.

“If you talk to the animals
They will talk to you
And you will get to know each other
If you do not talk to them,
You will not know them.
And what you do not know
You will fear.
What one fears one destroys.”
~Chief Dan George