Elizabeth (Betty) Howe Lincoln


Elizabeth Howe Lincoln was a lifelong resident of Ware Massachusetts and prolific artist.  She created landscapes and portraits in oil, watercolor, pastel, and a variety of printmaking methods – her favorite subjects being her hometown of Ware, Quabbin Reservoir, and life with her family and friends.

While Roger and ‘Betty’ were raising their six children, she taught classes in painting and decorative art to adults in her home studio, as well as Saturday morning classes for children.  Later she taught art and art history in the Ware Public Schools and Wilbraham and Monson Academy. 

Betty always had a sketchbook in hand and could be found painting and drawing late into the night in her studio on Stagecoach Road.  Many of these sketches were used as illustrations, in the books “Quabbin, the Lost Valley” written by her father, Donald W. Howe, and in the popular local tales written by her husband Roger.

Betty studied at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Vesper George School of Art in Boston, UMass, Amherst, and Assumption College in Worcester.  She was a member of the Valley Watercolor Society, Valley Women Artists, the Springfield Art League, the American Artists Association and the Back Roads Studio Tour, and had numerous art shows across western Massachusetts.

One of her proudest accomplishments was the publication of Here’s Ware, a catalogue of her life’s work, accompanied by her words and sketches.