About Beth

Hello! I’m Beth Whitney, a local artist with a passion for bringing Maine’s beautiful outdoor spaces to life in my watercolor paintings.

About Beth

Hello! I’m Beth Whitney, a local artist with a passion for bringing Maine’s beautiful outdoor spaces to life in my watercolor paintings.

Artist Statement

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My purpose in painting is to celebrate the beauty of Maine and inspire an appreciation for God’s beautiful creation. My hope is that people will be refreshed by my art and feel like they are actually there, enjoying the fresh air and wonderful scenery. I’m honored to paint and share this beauty with you.

Art Inspired by Nature

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I’m a full-time watercolor artist specializing in coastal Maine landscapes. I grew up in Ellsworth and have been painting professionally for more than 20 years. Inspiration comes from my love of nature, especially exploring Maine’s many beautiful lighthouses, scenic byways, and coastal trails. There are countless land trusts, preserves, and parks just waiting to be painted! You might even recognize Camden Harbor from Mt. Megunticook in the photo above.

I love how watercolor’s transparent qualities produce incredibly vivid, highly detailed, and subtle tonal changes. Maine has a very particular quality of light, a freshness in its pristine landscape. Watercolor is the perfect medium to translate this to paper. It’s about timing, patience, and enjoying the unexpected. Add a few drops of water, a little salt, tip your board, and everything changes! It’s so dynamic – just like nature.

Art Makes Life Beautiful

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It’s wonderful how art speaks to each person a little differently.  Beautiful art adds color and sunshine to your world. It transforms an okay space into a welcoming sanctuary that makes you happy.  It evokes the nostalgia of a special person or place, reviving long-forgotten memories and feelings. It celebrates milestones and important life events like engagements, weddings, and the birth of a child.  These are all real examples of stories people have shared with me.  I’m honored to know my art has helped bring people joy and added beauty to their lives.

Painting Process & Style

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I’m an avid photographer and paint primarily from my own reference photos. This lets me compose my paintings on location, so it’s just a matter of actually drawing and painting the scene back in my studio. The photo is a guide so that I get all of the elements in the right place (rock, tree, island). Then I paint what I actually see in the scene – the life and heart of that day, what I experienced when I was there. My photos are notes that help fill in the details.

Most people would describe my art as realism, but I think it’s so much more than that. My goal is to create an authentic representation of my subject so that viewers feel like they could step into the painting and into that moment. It’s realism infused with life, if that makes sense.

Online Studio / Gallery

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Today, my work is available through my online studio/gallery. The website is easily accessible for everyone to enjoy and purchase regardless of where they live. I really enjoy engaging with collectors personally, learning about why they chose a particular painting, and any history they have with the featured location.

I do not have an open studio, so the website is the best place to see my work.

Exhibitions

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Over the years, my paintings have been exhibited through several galleries, numerous juried art shows, and a number of invited exhibitions. One career highlight was an extended solo exhibition in the Presidential suite of the Maine State Senate.

Collections

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My original watercolors continue to be collected by art lovers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

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Prints

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