Betty Canick Works

Betty Canick

Artist's Statement

I was initially trained as a painter, graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973, and later went to graduate school to study psychology, and then on to psychoanalytic training. I gave up painting for many years after becoming a clinician and later returned to the visual arts in 2005. I feel the two fields have much in common. A disciplined intuition and openness to surprise are essential to both. I try to capture movement, gesture, and moments in transition in my painting. I am drawn to the ephemeral, and like to create order out of chaos. I find myself resisting certainty and absolutes in my workouts as I do in my work as a psychotherapist. I work in a variety of media creating abstract work and landscapes of beloved places.


Curriculum Vitae


Rhode Island School of Design BFA 1973, Major in Painting

Lesley College (currently Lesley University) M.Ed. 1975, Special Education

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (Currently William James College) Psy.D. 1985, Doctorate in Psychology

Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis 2014, Certificate in Psychoanalysis

Years of continuing education in psychotherapy and in the arts



Danforth Museum, Community of Artists juried show, 2013

South End Community Health Center Invited artist 2013

Monserrat College Gallery 301 juried show, 2014

Concord Art Center
juried Roddy Shows:
2014, 2016, 2017
Honorable Mention award, 2017

Member three person show: March 2016

Juried member shows:
2015, Honorable Mention award 2016

My work is in private collections in Boston, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Baltimore