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.

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.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Drying Sails in Camden Harbor

We’re very pleased to announce that “Drying Sails in Camden Harbor” by Brad Betts was selected for the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.  The award recognizes paintings that are “outstanding examples of creativity, insight and integrity in marine art.”

“Drying Sails in Camden Harbor”, 24×18, oil on canvas

PAINTING INSPIRATION:

From our campsite in Camden Hills State Park, we climbed partway up Mount Megunticook, down a ravine, up and over Mount Battie before descending the boulder-strewn south face into town.  After miles of hiking through the dark confines of the woods, we now walked in neighborhood streets past old homes and the local library to a lawn overlooking the bustling harbor. A green schooner glided to a wharf, its red sails glowing against the blue sky. Sailboats coasted in the narrow aisles of water between the floats, painted buildings lined the wooden docks and people hurried by in all directions.  We were taken by the beauty of the scene and a sense that time had stood still: we had entered a world unchanged since the 1800s. We were neighbors from a nearby village, traveling into town to sell our wares, stock up on dry goods or simply hear the latest news.

A Good Place to Fish

“A Good Place to Fish”, 24×24, oil on canvas

A-Good-Place-to-Fish_web“A Good Place to Fish” will be exhibited in the 37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.  The exhibit runs October 1 through December 31st, 2016 in Mystic, CT.

Cosmos

Down East Gallery works with homeowners and interior designers to create custom artwork to best fit your home and style.  Contact the artist for more information!Cosmos“Cosmos”, 36×36, oil on canvas.  This painting hangs in the colorful master suite of a circa 1900 cottage in Ocean Point, East Boothbay, Maine.

Art Room CollageInterior designers at Knickerbocker Group featured art by Brad Betts in one of their beautiful homes. “The eye-catching and one of a kind chandelier is the highlight of the room. Accented with hand-painted watercolor sailboats from local Maine artist, Brad Betts, a few shades were left blank so the young resident artists can add their own touch over time.”

Ice on Great Salt Bay

“Ice on Great Salt Bay”, 12 x 16, oil on linen, en plein air

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I painted “Ice on Great Salt Bay” this winter on January 28th, a beautiful and unseasonably warm day.  Driving through Damariscotta, I saw the warm marsh grasses against the cool snow and ice-covered bay.  Fortunately there was a trailhead with easy access on DRA’s Salt Bay Preserve.