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
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.
“Ice on Great Salt Bay”, 12 x 16, oil on linen, en plein air
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.
“Back in the Day, Somes Sound” is a 30″ x 40″ painting commissioned by the Gallery at Somes Sound. Basing my work on a circa 1900 black & white photograph, I wanted to bring life, color and light to this historic scene. After visiting Somesville and studying old photographs, what amazed me the most was how much of this scene still exists today. Painting and researching an historic moment in time is always a fulfilling journey… it creates a deep connection with the people and places of the past and it changes your view of the present.