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.


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.