Spinnaker Finish

Spinnaker Finish, 7.5 x 15, oil on linen by Brad Betts

This painting has been accepted into the juried 39th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – DECEMBER 31, 2018

The 39th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale is a comprehensive juried show that showcases the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models depicting ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, along with scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors, and the wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document the relationship of man to the sea that still survives today.

Morning on the Point

We are fortunate to be able to walk out our door each morning and around the 3-mile Ocean Point loop.  The view of Green Island and the jagged rose-lined coast of the point, backlit by the rising sun, never ceases to inspire me.

Morning on the Point, 11×14 oil on board by Brad Betts


A schooner captain from the harbor called as he and the crew at a local boat yard had pooled their funds for a commission of “Grayling”, a catboat belonging to the yard owner who was scheduled for major surgery. I was reluctant to commit, intimidated by the thought of painting a beloved sailboat for a bunch of guys who knew so much about boats. But when I did, it reminded me of how lucky I am to be a painter, to be a part of telling and preserving these local stories.

Maine Coast

“Maine Coast”, 11×14, oil on masonite by Brad Betts, ASMA.

AWARD WINNER: This painting won second in the “Best Overall” category in A Stroke of Art, a plein air painting competition held in September 2017.