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Edward Howard Betts

 (1920 - 2008)
Edward Howard Betts was active/lived in Illinois, Maine.  Edward Betts is known for seascape, landscape and abstraction painting, book writing.

Edward Howard Betts

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A seascape and landscape painter, author books and film maker about art techniques, Edward Betts studied at the Art Students League and Yale University. He acquired an M.F.A. at the University of Illinois, Champagne, where he also taught from 1949 to the 1970s.

He began painting in the late 1940s on Monhegan Island, Maine, and in 1947 visited Ogunquit, Maine for the first time. He returned two years later with his artist wife, Jane Betts.

The area inspired Edward to change from representational style painting to abstractions. Of this transition, he wrote that "an artist should paint in whatever manner he finds most natural." (Tragard 89)

His work was exhibited in five Corcoran Biennials, and he is the author of books on painting landscapes and seascapes in watercolor and acrylic.

Professor Betts passed away on May 17, 2008 and was buried in Kennebunk, Maine.

Sources include:
Peter Hastings Falk, editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Louise Tragard, Patricia E. Hart and W.L. Copithorne, A Century of Color: Ogunquit Maine's Art Colony, 1886-1986

Death notice courtesy of his former student at U.of  I., Carol Zack

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About  Edward Howard Betts

Born:  1920 - Yonkers, New York
Died:   2008
Known for:  seascape, landscape and abstraction painting, book writing