A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Betsy Ore Glass and her husband of more than 40 years, Keith, raised their two children, enjoying frequent trips to the Outer Banks of NC to enjoy the beach, sand and fishing. In the year 2000, after a 30-year career in advertising, Betsy began taking photographs for fun. The hobby turned into a passion, and before long, Betsy was contributing photographs to coastal North Carolina newspapers. Her photography was useful in documenting Hurricane Isabel’s devastation on the East Coast and caught the attention of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the North Carolina Sea Grant Association. For Betsy, taking photographs of any beach is pure joy, particularly if it includes old-style cottages and sand fences.
More than 15 years ago, Betsy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although fully recovered now and resuming her life, it was a time of personal reflection. Her thoughts and memories of the beach, both as a child and as an adult, led her to write “Reflections by the Sea” to give to her children as a road map for an upright, inspirational life. Then Betsy added something unique to the Reflections—her photography. Her writing has become a weekly newspaper column and a blog posting for over ten years. Then, using many of her photographs as reference, she expanded to painting landscapes and seascapes in oil. Betsy believes these gifts of writing, photography and painting are God-given and feels led to use her life experiences, faith and talent to share God's blessings with others.