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.

Morning on Monhegan, 1898

NATIONAL MARITIME SHOW: AT SEA

“Morning on Monhegan, 1898” has been selected for a national maritime show at the Copley Society of Art. Juried by John Stobart and Russell Jinishian.

 

May 20 – July 6, 2017

COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART, Upper Gallery, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

“Morning on Monhegan 1898”, 11×14, oil on linen

Camden Harbor

AMERICA AND THE SEA EXHIBITION AND SALE

“Camden Harbor” has been selected for the America and the Sea exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

April 29 – June 18, 2017

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

https://www.mysticseaport.org/event/modern-maritime-masters-america-and-the-sea-exhibition-and-sale/
“Camden Harbor”, 11×14, oil on linen

In the Harbor

Returning to the harbor on the Casey Anne, I was inspired by the bright blue lobster boat against the backdrop of the colorful buildings and lobster wharves on the east side of Boothbay Harbor.

blue-lobster-boat-in-the-harbor_web“In the Harbor”, 9×12, o/l

2016 Holiday Special!

Down East Gallery is pleased to offer a Holiday Special for 2016!

20% off all original, framed artwork… click here to view Gallery of Holiday Special Paintings.  Special lasts until December 31, 2016.

Midsummer Sail“Midsummer Sail”, 11×14, oil on linen

 

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.”

Winter Surf on Ocean Point

Winter Surf on Ocean Point, 9 x 12, oil on linen, en plein air

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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.

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.

 

Bait

Painted this week in Portland in the Old Port, just beyond J’s Oyster Bar.  I’m always drawn to this particular spot, a remnant of working waterfront in a beautiful growing city.  I was looking for a human element, something to bring this painting to life, and just then a guy came out and threw bait in the water.  The birds came off the rooftops… chasing after the bait.

 

Bait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the Day, Somes Sound

“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.

Back in the Day

Fisherman’s Island

My newest painting called “Fisherman’s Island” will be showing at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s 33rd Annual Modern Marine Masters Exhibition. The show will run April 29th – June 17th, 2012.

This annual exhibition showcases the timeless beauty of ships and the sea and features original paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and models from top marine artists around the world. On view are works that inspire the artist’s spirit, including classic racing yachts, elegant modern vessels, everyday working boats and the men who make their living from the sea, scenes of busy harbors, and paintings of serene beaches.

More than 80 of today’s leading maritime artists will participate in the exhibition and over 100 works of art will be on display and available for purchase.

Fisherman’s Island, 12″x24″, oil on canvas

Fisherman’s Shed

Looking south down the the Damariscotta River, this painting is of an old fisherman’s shed on the tip of a small point of land.  This classic river scene evokes a feeling of peace and solitude.

If you have seen this painting, please contact the artist as it was lost/stolen from a gallery in New London Connecticut in 2011.

Fisherman’s Shed, 11″x14″, oil on linen by Brad Betts