“Sailing off Ram Island”, 8×10 oil painting by Brad Betts, ASMA.
“Lifting Fog on Ocean Point”, 8×10 oil on linen painting by Brad Betts.
We moved to the Maine coast after falling in love with East Boothbay, a small, quaint village to the east of Boothbay Harbor. We now know that “visit once, stay a lifetime” is a common reaction to our beautiful area! Midcoast Maine encompasses miles of coastline and each peninsula is sprawling and diverse, with village settlements of unique character and history.
Beginning in 2017, Down East Gallery is offering an annual poster series to celebrate Maine’s coastal villages. Each high-quality poster is 24″x36″, fits a standard poster frame and features an original painting by artist Brad Betts. $75 + S&H/tax, these posters can be purchased by contacting Brad at the gallery: email@example.com or 207.318.3282.
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”, 36×36, oil on canvas. This painting hangs in the colorful master suite of a circa 1900 cottage in Ocean Point, East Boothbay, Maine.
Interior 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.”
Winter Surf on Ocean Point, 9 x 12, oil on linen, en plein air
When I’m not sure what to paint, I often drive around Boothbay looking for inspiration. On this late February day, the winds were howling and the surf was roaring, and it was the challenge of plein air painting in these conditions that inspired me. An unexpected issue was brought on by the colder temperatures… the paint was thicker and much harder to move around the canvas, which surprised me and forced me to adapt from my normal style of painting.
The gallery after a late winter snowfall.