I go by Betty to friends and family, but my full name is Elizabeth Rose (Safran) Malyon. I grew up in a creative family with two artist parents and was submersed in art from the very start of my life. I did not become a professional artist – instead I chose a different path – I studied Art History and Classical Studies and Archaeology, and got a graduate degree in Museum Studies.
I worked in the museum field until my father, Bernard Safran, died in 1995 and I then became the custodian of his Estate Collection. The Collection includes hundreds of works of art, his notebooks, his sketchbooks, all his photography and many personal items like his easel and palette.
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with my husband John (the creator and director of Artcyclopedia.com) and my three cats. We have two wonderful daughters; Serena is a professional artist and Rachel is studying wildlife biology.