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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 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."