Contemporary oil painter based in Somerville

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Contemporary oil painter based in Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts 0 Sales On Etsy since 2018

Cassie Betro - Contemporary Artist

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Cassie Betro - Contemporary Artist

Announcement    Art is my passion, identity, addiction and love. Won't you follow me on this journey?


Last updated on Oct 17, 2018

Art is my passion, identity, addiction and love. Won't you follow me on this journey?


You are invited to join me at my art studio for our Open House / Winter Market 12/8-9 from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. Find more info here!

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Since 1997, I have been painting with oil colors because their rich colors and unlimited textures are a source of boundless delight and challenge. I have been encouraged to become an artist since a very young age, and enjoy other mediums such as charcoal, acrylic and pastel.

My style fluctuates between my passion for classical realism and an other-worldly, dreamlike surrealism. I strive to represent both real and imaginary places, creatures and objects.

Early in my career, I received merits such as the Walpole High School Art Award, The Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Silver Key, and the Anna Maria College Statewide High School Art Exhibition First Place Ribbon.

I dedicated myself to painting and graphic design at MassArt and the American Intercontinental University. During this time I earned a place on the Dean’s List as well as received grades of High Honors. I have been exhibiting since 1995, been sought after for commissions since 2003, and have collectors in MA, NH, RI, VA and NC.

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Last updated on Dec 7, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Where should I hang my artwork?

PLACEMENT of your artwork is a fun and highly personal choice, but here are important technical things to consider when deciding placement:

DON’T hang above a radiator, near a working fireplace, an oven, or any other source of heat. Avoid using ‘picture lights’ attached to the top of a frame. Remember that a painting placed in a room with a working fire will need either varnish or glass to protect it from smoke (remember that using candles or incense frequently will have the same effect).

AVOID placing in direct sunlight, or too close to an electric light (apart from LED lighting). Paint pigments can be quite volatile and will fade in intense light.

DON’T hang in a bathroom, on a damp or newly plastered wall, or too near to a vent.

Where can I store my painting for short or long term?

CONSERVATION is the practice of taking great care of your original art for posterity or at least your own lifelong enjoyment. Be aware that oil paint is adversely affected by extreme changes in humidity and heat. Do not store paintings in any airtight seal (like shrink wrap) or it won't be able to breathe and may grow mold. Do not store in an attic, basement or garage or the art will swell and contract too violently and paint cracking or flaking may occur. Mold in paint or canvas and movement/expansion in the wooden frame caused by both heat and humidity will cause paint loss. Too much light will cause fading of pigments.

How do I clean my painting?

VARNISHES protect a painting from environmental damage. Varnished paintings can be cleaned without removing the paint beneath by using a feather duster or a damp, lint-free cloth. Varnishes also add a shine to a painting that has been less popular in modern times when we have become used to seeing fairly matte paint. If you want your commissioned oil painting to be varnished I don’t advise doing this immediately but on arranging for the painting to be sent back to me after six months, or taking it to a conservator for varnishing. Oil paintings currently posted for sale have already been varnished with 2 layers of Gamvar Gloss Varnish thinned with Gamsol.

How true to life are the colors in the photographs of your artwork?

COLORS in my actual paintings may appear slightly different from the photographs depending on your monitor calibration settings. If you are local, I am willing to arrange a live showing of the piece you are interested in. Please contact me for more details.