Multi-talented Brooklet resident Betty O’Berry finds success whether she is splashing words, acrylics, oils or watercolors on a blank canvas. O’Berry is an author and artist and is launching a new website to reflect both of her talents.
O’Berry’s first book, “Answers to Questions You Always Wanted to Know About Christianity but Were Afraid to Ask,” gives an overview of the basic doctrines of the Bible. Written in an easy-to-understand style, Answers to Questions gives the reader an understanding of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
O’Berry said the inspiration for her book came about partly out of her own desire to become a better disciple. After seeking and discovering answers for herself, O’Berry decided to share that information in the form of a book and hopes to teach Christians how to live a victorious life.
She said, “When I was in my 50s, I realized the truth of Hosea 4:6 from the Bible, ‘My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.’ In the affluent society in which we live, many have more money than they ever dreamed possible. Yet, I see comparatively few living the abundant life of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance as Jesus promised in John 10:10.
“It is my prayer that when people study my book, it will stimulate their desire to know more about the God we serve, that it will cause them to want to study their Bible more and help them develop a deeper relationship with the Lord.”
O’Berry’s words have only recently found their way to a published page, but her paints began embellishing canvasses several years ago.
“Growing up as the last of eight children at the end of the depression, I never knew I had any talent for anything,” O’Berry explained. “When I was taught to use my talents for the Lord, I felt I had none.
“I colored in coloring books long after I was married. Once, I had paints and a canvas left over from a paint-by-number set, and I tried to paint a picture. I was encouraged by the attempt.
“A whole new world opened when I received a box of oil paints for Christmas from my husband in 1980.
“When I sold three paintings at my first art show, I was so excited, I exclaimed, ‘I have a talent! I have a talent!’”
That talent shows through in each painting. O’Berry likes painting flowers, birds and nature but said, more than the subject, she enjoys “the execution of painting, seeing it all come together, how the paints blend, the beauty of the colors and how well I have captured the picture.”
O’Berry’s paintings can be seen at www.bettyoberry.com and are available for purchase.
Betty O’Berry is the former Betty Whitaker, a native of Bulloch County. She moved to Savannah to continue her education and begin a business career after graduating from Nevils High School and Draughon’s Business College.
She and her late husband, Fred, were married 54 years and have two daughters, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Talent? Yes, indeed, the multi-talented Betty O’Berry uses the gifts God’s given her to write and paint abundantly.