Betty Herbert Banks Koch, 89, expressionist known for her historical paintings

Betty Herbert Banks Koch
Betty Herbert Banks Koch

Betty Herbert Banks Koch, 89, was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Norfolk and passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.

She was the daughter of Jerome Pendleton Herbert and Anne Herbert Charlton (nee Crowder), both of Norfolk, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Andrew Joseph Banks Jr., the father of her children.

She is survived by her husband, Rudolph Koch, and children as follows: elder son, Andrew Joseph Banks III, of Kingwood, Texas, and his wife, Jacquelin, and grandson, Joseph Wilson Banks; daughter, Leigh Banks Roper of Virginia Beach, and granddaughter Rachel Harmon Roper; younger son, John Pendleton Banks of California, and grandson John Alexander Banks.

Betty attended Maury High School in Norfolk, the College of William & Mary, and was a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

In the 1980s, she began painting with oils and received a Vermont Fellowship from Dorland Arts Colony in Murrieta, California. Her bodies of artistic work cover the Crusades, Charlemagne and the Carolingians, religious art featuring Christ, the Thirty Years’ War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, 9-11 and the Iraq War.

Betty’s works have been accepted by the National Art Council of France. She received the Medal of Achievement from the French Museum Network, and currently has works residing in that Network, which is displayed at various times. Also, the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Peronne, France, owns and exhibits 20 of her World War I oil paintings. Betty’s Civil War paintings have also been exhibited in the Cannon Rotunda in Washington, D.C. In Virginia, two museums have acquired and displayed her work – both the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum in Williamsburg.

Betty’s paintings are currently represented by Childs Gallery of Boston, Massachusetts.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments.

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