Bettine was born in 1943 in Amsterdam where she started painting after having accomplished A-levels and University French language and literature. Her grandfather was a painter by profession and her aunt was a famous painter of the Amsterdam “Joffers” school. Bettine got some private lessons and advice from her aunt but is in fact an autodidact.
In 1969 she left Holland to live in Portugal with her husband and 2 daughters. She lived in Portugal for 20 years, painting all the time and having yearly individual exhibitions in various galleries. In 1981 she had a solo-exhibition in the Palàcio Foz in Lisbon. In 1983 she was elected to represent Portugal at the exhibition “Europe 2000?in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
She is mentioned in the great art dictionary “Portuguese 20th Century Artist”. In 1989 Bettine went back to live in Holland where she has her own gallery and teaches art, oils, watercolours, acrylics, etc.. Bettine is specialised in portraits, but can handle any subject, having been a professional artist for over 40 years.
To view more of Bettine’s work please visit her website www.bettineflesseman.nl