Luisa Elena Betancourt, an experienced artist, sailor, and grandmother moves to the island of Aruba with her husband. Soon after she hears the call from the sea, she decides to buy a small underwater OlympusTg4 camera to explore the unknown.
The wonders of Aruba reefs captivate her attention thus beginning an adventurous four year-underwater journey.
Well into her sea adventure and thousands of photographs later, she realizes her marine exploration was becoming an art project that gave meaning to living on the island.
Aruba Marine Life, narrated from the viewpoint of an artist, documents many exciting moments while capturing through her lens hundreds of species of fish, crustaceous, hard and soft corals, sponges, and coral fossils.
The author writes about adventures with her children while exploring the wonders of the sea. Indeed, a unique gift to the island of Aruba.
Some of the species in this books are:
Honey damsel fish
French angel fish
Orange spotted filefish
Luisa Elena Betancourt
Was born in Caracas Venezuela (1945). Artist with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Washington State University under the Fulbright Scholarship Program for International Students (1992). She has exhibited her artwork intensely since 1983 in international solo exhibitions and many groups shows. Betancourt has combined her artistic career with teaching.
Founder of Centro Multidisciplinario de Arte Contemporáneo (CEMAC) in Valencia, Venezuela, (1999 2005). Betancourt published weekly art related articles in local papers, besides publishing weekly articles about Women Artists Through The Ages in www.valencia.com.ve (2002-2005). She was honored with the Fulbright Fifty Year Button and the Universidad del Zulia Centenary Button. Her artwork is in private and public collections.
Betancourt resides in the island of Aruba since 2016 where she continues her artwork combined with underwater photography.
Her website is www.luisaebetancourt.com