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A Portfolio of Bean-Based Artworks by Betsi Shelffo

An image of a tiger made using coffee beans glued to a surfaceTamped the Tiger

Betsi Shelffo is an artist who began experimenting with drawing and painting in her childhood, and later became enamoured with an unusual medium: coffee beans. In her current practice, Betsi creates bean-based artworks in a high-contrast, graphic style. 

A portrait of Janet Leigh in Psycho made in coffee beansPsycho Without my Coffee


Betsi’s current practice focuses mostly on portraiture -- the artist’s portfolio is organized by portrait category. The artist often produces portraits of pop-culture figures, including musicians, actors, and athletes. The high-contrast style that the coffee bean medium affords is well-suited to these stylized portraits, and the artist does a great job of creating images that are instantly recognizable by subject, but draw the viewer in by their unconventional nature. I wonder if these portraits smell like coffee!

The front page of Betsi Shelffo's art portfolio


Aside from producing pop-culture portraits, the artist also creates custom portraits -- it’s neat to be able to see how adept Betsi has become with her chosen medium, building up images of everyday subjects in the same bright, graphic style.

A portrait of Marilyn Manson made in coffee beansSweet Dreams are Made of Beans

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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