"I am an artist because through making art I have found a way to learn, speak, question and record my journey. My essential concern and constant struggle is to make visible in my work through the use of form, color and gesture, my strength, energy and passion.
"My images arise from nature. I have consciously chosen to live in Oregon, in the country, for it is Oregon's landscape, atmosphere and color that give me hope, inspire me and bring me calm.
"The paper, the media, the mark making and the process of painting and drawing are as important to me as the subject itself. I use paint (acrylic and watercolor), pastel, and pencil. Each has its own personality and quality of mark, allowing choices and combinations that often challenge and surprise me.
"My pieces evolve slowly and I have learned that to succeed, I must be patient and flexible. I continually re-work my surfaces, layer upon layer, which in turn allows the piece to gain depth, a sense of history and a voice of its own."
Bets Cole, 2004