Ana Bettencourt Tirolese born on the island of São Jorge, Açores (Azores), Portugal. She was born on February 19, 1962 to Liduina (nee Silveira) and Vasco Bettencourt, in her maternal grandparents' home, in the village of Ribeira Seca. She immigrated to Canada in 1967 and has lived most of her life in Canada. She can still speak, read, and write some Portuguese, but English is her main language of communication.
Ana enjoys creating portraits. She garners real pleasure in capturing
the likeness of her subjects.
The techniques Ana uses are a crafted blend of personal study derived from books, methods used by other artists, and her own creativity and sense of drawing. She has a passion for realism and strives to create it at every opportunity.
Ana also has an enthusiasm for teaching and conveying her knowledge of
art techniques. She really enjoys watching students develop their talents
and producing beautiful pieces of work.
Ana's favourite medium is coloured pencil; however, she also works in
graphite, charcoal, pastel, and acrylics.