Betty Oliver, a native of St. Simons Island, GA, developed a passion for the ocean and the surrounding marshes growing up on the beaches of the Golden Isles. Attending Saturday art classes with Bill Hendrix, a highlight of her childhood, was the inspiration for continuing the study of art at the University of Georgia. After earning a B.A. in Art, M.A. in Art History, and Ph.D. in Art Appreciation/Aesthetics, Betty joined the faculty of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, where she recently retired as Professor Emeritus of Media Arts. She has studied with noted watercolor artists Tony Van Hasselt, Judi Betts, Linda Baker, John Salminen, Bettye Carr, David Becker, Pat Dews, Skip Lawrence, Cheng-Khee Chee, and Charles Reid. Betty is a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, a Juried Member of the Glynn Art Association and McIntosh Art Association, and an active member of the Atlanta Artists Center and the Ossabaw Artists Collective. She currently lives with her husband in a 150-year-old log cabin in Dahlonega, Georgia and a home on St. Simons Island.