Born in Chicago, Ill., Bette Lee Coburn attended Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa; Art Institute of Chicago; Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Ill., and the University of North Carolina. She is listed in American Federation of Arts, Who's Who of American Artists, The International Directory of Art, Who's Who in the Sothwest, and Who's Who of American Women. She has been represented in major exhibitions in this country and abroad, including Cannes, France, and London. She was one of 42 American women selected to represent the US in the "European International Exhibition of Women Artists".
At present, Bette Lee resides in Greenville, S.C. She has taught at the Greenvlle Museum of Art and Furman University. She is one of 39 artists featured in the tricentennial book, 39 Contemporary Artists of South Carolina.
"Bette Lee Coburn's paintings are lyrical responses to her passions and intuition. Subconscious connections, life's contradictions, and her personal myths are the sources of the work."