A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Betsy Ore Glass and her husband 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 broadcasting and 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 cottagesand sand fences and especially waves.
Reaching a time in life 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 20 years.Her work was featured on the Hallmark Channel's morning show. Exploring further, and using many of her photographs as reference, she expanded to painting landscapes and seascapes in oil and now in pastel.
Now a resident of then Tampa Bay Area of Florida, Betsy enjoys painting boats, local scenes and the surf. She 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.
Betsy will be at Downtown Books from 12pm -2pm signing copies of Reflections by the Sea, a collection of forty devotions filled with scripture, inspiration, hope and encouragement. Through her writing, Betsy offers practical applications of God's principles for today's world focusing on the beuatify of the beach, seaside and more.