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Address: 30 Van Horne Rd, East Boothbay, Boothbay, ME 04544-6409
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Featuring maritime paintings and landscape scenes by award-winning artist...

Featuring maritime paintings and landscape scenes by award-winning artist Brad Betts. Betts has been an artist for over 20 years and is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). His paintings have appeared in solo and group shows throughout New England, including the Mystic Seaport Gallery's acclaimed "International Marine Art Exhibition" for the past 7 years. In 2006, he received the "Maritime Gallery Yachting Award" at this exhibition and in 2008, was recognized as one of "Four Distinguished Artists" at the Mystic Seaport Gallery.

In 2011, Brad's maritime painting "Cup Challenge" was selected by internationally renowned author Ferenc Mate for the cover of "Sea of Lost Dreams", the second book in the Dugger / Nello series. Brad is currently working on a book cover for Mate's first book in the series, "Ghost Sea".

His inspiration to paint all things nautical is an outgrowth of his youth, which he spent around the Gulf coast waters, deep sea fishing and sailing. Today, his paintings reflect his life-long appreciation of the sea. His work is filled with movement: schooners under full sail battle through wind-driven seas; and Friendship sloops glide through the calm waters of Maine's inlets. The classic Betts oil is a summer day in Maine-blue skies, billowing sails, and shimmering seas.

In 2007, Brad and his wife Danielle made the decision to move to East Boothbay Maine, the beautiful seaside village famous for boat building. Living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers Brad the opportunity to connect daily with classic scenes that most inspire him.

Brad has achieved his mastery of maritime painting through a blend of both technical discipline in the studio and a focused effort to retain his natural, inspired style. He seeks this through outdoor painting, "When you paint outside, the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts. In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within."

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What a wonderful gallery! The artist, Brad Betts is so relaxed and welcoming. The varying style of art is so refreshing, so much more pleasing than other cookie cutter galleries... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2016
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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful gallery! The artist, Brad Betts is so relaxed and welcoming. The varying style of art is so refreshing, so much more pleasing than other cookie cutter galleries we have visited. Liked it so well we bought 2.

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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Do not miss this out of the . I am an artist and a snob about artwork. This self taught artist, Brad Betts has been painting for 25 years and does some of the very best oils I have ever seen anywhere (no. I am not related to him) Some are more impressionist (my preference) than others. If you like... More 

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