Five Days on Monhegan

Living in East Boothbay, we see Monhegan Island from a distance while walking each day. We finally decided to take a 5-day painting holiday on the island for the first time in 15 years.

The first painting completed on Day 1 of our trip was inspired by the view from the back porch of the Shumaker Studio where we are staying. Once the studio of Philip Shumaker, Don Stone and Fred Wiley, I’m surrounded by beautiful paintings and feel lucky to be sharing this space with great artists from the past.

Lilies and Shed, 8×6, oil on linen


The second day on Monhegan began with a sunrise painting on Horn Hill, followed by a hike to Whitehead and Gulls Cove. I managed to fit in a small painting on Swim Beach before we headed back out to the headlands and captured the late afternoon light. Here are two of the four paintings I completed today.

Gull Cove, 6×8, oil on linen
Skiffs on Swim Beach, 8×10, oil on linen

On Day 3, we woke to fog and hiked to Lobster Cove. There was zero visibility looking out over the water, but the colors of the meadow flowers stood out against the foggy spruce. We had hoped to catch a skiff to Manana but fog and seas kept us on the island. We headed north to Pebble Beach just as the fog lifted and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon by the water.

Fog on Lobster Cove Meadow, 9×12, oil on linen
Ledges off Pebble Beach, 6×8, oil on linen


July Show in Boothbay Harbor!

Brad Betts, in collaboration with artists Greg Laderer and Bruce MacDonald, will be exhibiting in a group show at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library throughout the month of July.

Please come and meet the artists at the reception on Wednesday July 6, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.


Loosestrife on the Shore

Loosestrife on the Shore, 10×8, oil on linen

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Card Cove

Card Cove, 10×8, oil on linen

Card-Cove_webIn spring 2016, the first boat out was this bright green sailboat in Card Cove, off Ocean Point, in East Boothbay, Maine.


Marsh, 8×10, oil on linen

Marsh_webInspired by the view down the marsh, looking toward the morning sun, in Woolwich, Maine.

Wind III

Wind III, 9×12, oil on linen

Wind-with-Flag_webIt was an honor to create this commission as a gift for an air force pilot retiring after 30 years of service!