BETTY CHISOLM HUTZLER
Following her passion and trying to constantly channel her creativity into a stream of revenue, Betty has worked as an Interior Designer, and has owned her own art galleries on the River Walk and in La Villita in downtown San Antono, Texas. She has reinvented herself many times as the need presented itself. She is a person who constantly has a project that she has to bring to fruition. Currently, she is engaged in the creation of collages where she combines water color, paper sculpture and poetry into works of art and has written and published a book in which she tells of her mother’s childhood in the Mississippi Delta. It is a romantic gothic novel based on her mother’s life. Track the Wolves that Slay the Sheep, the sequel to that book, has been written and is on the brink of publication.
She was reared in San Antonio, Texas, attended the University of Houston, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts graduating with honors. Her interior design work toured nationally with ASID upon her graduation.
Genealogy and history are other areas of interest for her. She is a thirteenth generation Southern woman with lineage dating back to the founding of America with ancestors at Jamestowne. Many of her ancestors were patriots who fought in the American Revolution and Civil War. Her grandfather, Lt. Col. Thomas Chisolm fought with Washington’s Continental Line and was the first Surveyor General of Georgia after the Revolution. Her great aunt, Ann Cuthbert, was the first woman to own land in Georgia, owning Mulberry Grove Plantation where George Washington was entertained on several occasions. Betty is a member of The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, The Colonial Dames of America, and The Jamestowne Society.
Mississippi Innocents is a work of love dedicated to her mother, Edna “Jackie” Guarr Chisolm. It was written as a therapeutic endeavor when her mother passed away to help her with the loss. She took the stories recounted to her by her mother and other family members, and wove them into the tapestry of this book. When she wrote about her family they “lived again” on paper and in her vivid imagination. So much so, that it became extremely difficult, at times, to put the words on paper. A three year hiatus had to be taken in order to complete the book because if was so difficult to deal with some of the traumatic subject matter.
Some have tried to paint the South with a broad brush and stereotype the people of this part of America. Betty’s family lived in a unique crucible of cultures and spirituality. Their experience and perception of their environment, and the people who inhabited the delta region was not as others have portrayed it. This is another important reason she felt compelled to write and publish her family’s account of life in the Mississippi Delta at Boone Deadening.