Illustrating Justice for NBC News

illustrating justiceIllustrating Justice for NBC News

Betty Wells

In Collaboration with Vickie Gentri

This book is by and about a famous artist you’ve never heard of.  You know all those illustrations news programs use for notable trials and important events when camera’s aren’t around – well someone has to draw them, and in this case, the artist is Betty Wells. I never gave those artists much thought but since reading this book, I can now better appreciate their talent for capturing live moments in history on the fly.

The author covers some well-known trials, such as Watergate (1972-1973), Iran-Contra (1989), John Hinckley (1982), Susan Smith (1995), Tailhook (1991) and most recently, the Beltway Snipers Attacks (2003). She also covered sessions in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as the Supreme Court. She offers a unique perspective inside the courtroom from an artist’s point of view. There are no guilty/not guilty verdicts in this book – just the faces of the parties involved. The supplies she used, most often a Strathmore 400 series 18 x 24 drawing pad, Prismacolor pencils, and india ink were used to capture history at its best and worst moments.

For any aspiring artist this book offers inspiration in the beauty of average humans. For the history buff, this book provides a fresh, new look at some of the most historic trial and political events of the past century.

Rating 4 paws

0621aReviewer: Simon


I read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2016

Topic: Read a Book by a Local Author

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Art by Betty Wells


Art Betty Wells is creating in retirement.

2 thoughts on “Illustrating Justice for NBC News

  1. pilch92 July 9, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Great review Simon. This looks like an interesting book. I wish I could draw- I can’t even handle a stick figure.


  2. Three Chatty Cats July 10, 2016 / 12:39 am

    This sounds so interesting! And you’re right, it’s not something I would think about, but it does take a talent to do this!


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