The works of the American Impressionist painter Louis Betts can be found in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the United States Capitol, the Art Institute of Chicago and within the collections of many prestigious museums. Betts was widely regarded as among the best portrait painters of his time.
His education included study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Among his instructors was William M. Chase whose skill as a portrait artist was generally considered to place him among the highest tier of such painters. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy for only a year before travelling abroad to continue his studies.
Louis Betts started out concentrating on landscape paintings with his early instruction coming mostly from his father. His talent for portraits exhibited itself when he finished his first such painting, of his violin instructor as a bartering arrangement for lessons, at the age of 16. By the age of twenty four, Betts was primarily a portrait artist.
Betts was an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design starting in 1912 and was elevated to the level of Academician in 1915. He was also a member of the Academy of National Arts and spent time at the Old Lyme, Connecticut colony.