“Life beats down and crushes the soul

and art reminds you that you have one”–Stella Adler

My name is Betsy Skagen (which rhymes with toboggan). I am a mixed media artist and craft product designer.  I  use art to balance the hectic lifestyle of my anxious, adhd, unicycling, tightrope walking and counter-surfing family. Because–let’s be frank here–sometimes life gets tough. That’s when it’s time to bring out the paint.

My earlier careers as news report, business writer, graphic designer, small business owner and mom of special needs individuals are all part of the foundation building up to my becoming a full-time artist and product designer. Some of my  passions include anything circus, mid-century graphics, vintage ephemera and lots of whimsy.

I live with my husband, son, daughter and two golden retrievers in the arctic circle of Minnesota. And yes, some of her family really does walk the high wire and ride unicycles, but so far only the dogs have mastered counter-surfing.

Upfront and transparent

FTC Notice I am grateful to work in an industry I love. Companies sometimes give or sell at a discount products for me to work with. Since I only use and blog about what I like, this in no way controls my content.