Landscape painter, pastelist. Born in Denver, CO on Jan. 23, 1899.
Bethell settled in Redlands, CA with his family in 1905. After attending public schools there, he served in WWI. Upon discharge, he opted for an art career and enrolled at the Newman Art Institute in New Jersey. During the 1930s and 1940s he was a designer of theatrical sets for the movie industry in Hollywood. In his leisure he was active in the southern California art scene and served on the art committee of the Nat'l Orange Show.
Working in oil and pastel, he painted subjects inspired by the Colorado Desert and the area around his home. Bethell died of cirrhosis of the liver in Redlands on Nov. 29, 1951.
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