At 98, Glen Mills Resident ‘Lives to Paint’

Betty Ulrey, 98, of Glen Mills, still actively paints and displays her work.

Betty Ulrey, 98, of Glen Mills, is not planning on giving up her joy of painting any time soon, writes Paul Lapann for The Parkersburg (W. Va.) News and Sentinel.

“I believe that her long life is related to being able to continue doing something she truly loves,” said Ulrey’s son, Steve. “She lives to paint.”

Ulrey – who grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich. – is a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in art and design. She started drawing when she was only three years old, and found inspiration in watching her father draw beautiful pictures.

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However, she prefers to paint with oils as they are both flexible and strong.

“I love color in my paintings,” she said.

Now, Ulrey exhibits her work at the Parkersburg Art Center she co-founded decades ago. In fact, she just completed six watercolor landscapes for the “PAC 6×6: The Next Small Thing in Art” exhibit and sale at the center.

The majority of Ulrey’s artwork can be viewed on her website, as well as photographs of her solo art show in Wilmington, Del., for her 90th birthday.

Read more about Betty Ulrey’s work in The Parkersburg (W. Va.) News and Sentinel by clicking here.

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