“Nose-close” at the Reef ~ Good reviews on opening night!

It’s always nice to get good reviews about your artwork, but when it’s by the Art League at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, it feels really good!  Well over a hundred people were able to view my Maritime and Bird paintings up “nose-close” in the Art League’s gallery on opening night, December 2nd.

The lighting was perfectly targeted on each painting, allowing the paintings to look their best under tremendous scrutiny!  The large room allowed people to view each painting up-close and from afar.  

Throughout the evening, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the wonderful members of the Ocean Reef Club.  It was the warmest of greetings by people unfamiliar with my work.  They were so generous with their compliments and appreciative of the exhibit that the night will always be remembered as a special night!

Early in the evening a couple of Pelican paintings sold, prompting the Executive Director of the Art League to reach for her red dots!  ☺  Photographs were taken of me with new collectors and with the people from the Art League responsible for arranging the show.  It was all somewhat surreal after spending months painting for the exhibit and planning for the trip.  

It was an honor to have my work seen at “The Reef”.  Thanks to all at the Art League who helped make my exhibit possible.  Thank you for all of the positive responses to my work and thank you to the Ocean Reef Press for a very good review!!!  

 William R. Beebe and some happy new collectors!

William R. Beebe and some happy new collectors!

What’s next???  I have more exciting news about upcoming events to follow in the near future!!!  Please check back soon.

Thanks as always for reading my blog, following what I’m up to with my painting and photography, and for your comments and questions!

One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
 What's next?  Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe

Visual Language Magazine ~ Sharing my story!

I’d like to thank the good people at Visual Language Magazine for publishing an article featuring my maritime paintings and my career.  They were wonderful to work with and very professional.

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that my wife and I sold our house, packed our bags, and moved to Maine to pursue my art career.  Painting most everyday for 24 years has been a dream come true.  Being asked to tell my story in this article gave me a chance to reminisce and appreciate my longevity in my chosen field.  

When I sold one of my first paintings in college of a snow covered bridge to a roommate for $25, it was an incredible feeling.  I was so surprised that someone would buy something I painted.  The same feeling of excitement came when the first gallery said they would be happy to represent me and show my work.  Ups and downs are a big part of being in the art business, but the ups sure make it all worthwhile!  

Having others find enjoyment and meaning in my paintings is incredibly rewarding.   

Hopefully what people will gain from reading my story is that by following my passion my life’s purpose became clear.  Life is not an easy journey, but if you enjoy what you do the journey is so much better.  Thanks again VLM for sharing my story with your many readers!


One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
 What's next?  Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe

Mission Possible ~ Joining forces is for the birds!

I’m excited to announce a new partnership with the Virginia Living Museum!  Beginning in June through the month of September, the VLM will have 4 of my original oil paintings of shorebirds on display and for sale in their museum.  It is all part of a partnership we’ve developed to help raise money for the museum.  

 William R. Beebe at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News Virginia

William R. Beebe at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News Virginia

A significant percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to the museum to further the museum’s important mission of caring for more than 250 living species native to Virginia.  Additionally, any paintings purchased from my website, www.williamrbeebe.com, by a VLM friend or member will also go towards a generous donation to the museum.  

My relatively newfound passion for painting bird life, led me to discover the VLM, their Aviary, the wonderful people who work there, and has inspired me to want to help support the organization and give back.

It is all part of a program my wife, Jen, and I have developed to join forces whenever we can, partnering with like-minded organizations using my art in a beneficial way.  Having my art on display and in front of people who have an interest in bird life is a wonderful opportunity! It is a unique opportunity for a member or friend of the museum to not only purchase an original work of art, but also greatly support one of their favorite organizations!

I’m thrilled to be sharing my passion for painting bird life with all of those visiting the VLM.  I hope the program will be a big success and that we will continue a long-term relationship.  

The four paintings that will be on display at the museum include Snowy Egret Slow Walking, Taking Flight, Pelicans Twilight Flight, and Pelican Perfectly Perched.  To learn more about each piece you can visit the Birds portfolio on my website.  I hope, too, that you will be able to visit the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News Virginia, my paintings, and see and learn about all the 250 plus living creatures up-close in their natural habitats.

  Snowy Egret Slow Walking  by William R. Beebe, 10 x 12, oil on board, $950

Snowy Egret Slow Walking by William R. Beebe, 10 x 12, oil on board, $950

  Taking Flight , by William R. Beebe, 10 x 12, oil on board, $950

Taking Flight, by William R. Beebe, 10 x 12, oil on board, $950

  Pelicans Twilight Flight , by William R. Beebe, 12 x 18, oil on board, $2100

Pelicans Twilight Flight, by William R. Beebe, 12 x 18, oil on board, $2100

  Pelican Perfectly Perched , by William R. Beebe, 16 x 12, oil on board, $2400

Pelican Perfectly Perched, by William R. Beebe, 16 x 12, oil on board, $2400

Other organizations that we have recently partnered with include The Maine Windjammer Association and The Schooner Virginia/Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, through the promotion of my maritime work.


One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
 What's next?  Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe

Working with the Mariners’ Museum ~ Exciting news!!!

For years I have been taking my original paintings upon completion to the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA, to have them professionally photographed.  They have an in-house photographer with an expert eye.  We’ve also had the museum produce my Schooner Virginia limited edition giclee print, which turned out wonderfully representative of the original. 

We’ve been working with the museum on producing four new limited edition giclee prints of my work, all featuring the Schooner Virginia under full-sail racing her friendly rivals!  Soon we will be going to press.

This wonderful maritime museum has a large gift shop full of books of the Sea, ship models, museum related memorabilia, and artwork.  As soon as the  prints are ready the museum will be carrying them in the gift shop.  They will also be available on our website.

If you are nearby, haven’t visited the Mariners’ Museum before and have an interest in maritime art, maritime history, ship building, ship models, the Chesapeake Bay etc… it’s a must see.  The museum always features a number of exhibits so there is something for everyone. 

It is a top-notch museum and I am very excited to be partnering with the museum to produce and sell my maritime reproductions.  Here’s to smooth sailing!!!!!

   The Virginia   by William R. Beebe

The Virginia by William R. Beebe

   A Spirited Race    by William R. Beebe

A Spirited Race  by William R. Beebe

   Friendly Rivals   by William R. Beebe

Friendly Rivals by William R. Beebe

   Leading the Way   by William R. Beebe

Leading the Way by William R. Beebe