William R. Beebe was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1956. He is an accomplished
contemporary realist who has been painting professionally for 30 years. His art career began
with his move to Maine in 1990, where he became enamored by life along the coast. For 12
years, William's many subjects included historic wooden schooners, lighthouses, lobster boats,
and the many small coastal villages.
Now, William calls Charleston, SC, his home and is as enthusiastically capturing everything
Charleston. His love of architecture and color are satiated by the charming, historic buildings
all around town.
His move to the Lowcountry has also inspired William to delve even deeper into his passion for
Avian Art, producing portraiture of Great Blue Herons, Egrets, and the Brown Pelican.
William's representational work ranges from highly detailed and crisp to painterly and
Impressionistic. His oil paintings have been described as “museum quality” as there is a depth
and richness to them that demonstrates a high level of expertise and mastery.
William is a graduate of the University of Maryland in Fine Art. The first maritime artist William
took note of was John Stobart. More recently, the Impressionist works of Sisley, Monet,
Whistler, Frank Benson, Sargent, and Chase have inspired him and influenced his techniques.
Recently, his Avian painting Snowy's Island Sanctuary was featured on the cover of
Charleston's ART MAG, along with several featured articles in the magazine about his Avian
Many paintings are in major private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.
His painting On Monhegan Island has been featured in several publications including American
Art Review and a book entitled The Art of Monhegan Island. William is a member of Oil Painters
of America and the Charleston Artist Guild.
William’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum shows throughout
the years. His work has been shown at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine and at
the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon, where he won a Merit award in the 12th Annual
Maritime Art Exhibition. Additionally he has been a part of several Marine Masters Exhibitions
in Mystic, CT and Thomaston, ME and the 26th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at
the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.
William was the resident artist for MBNA America for 9 years, where he painted many of their
properties around the world. His works were reproduced and featured on the company’s
quarterly stockholders report covers. Although well-known for his maritime paintings during
the MBNA years, he was very fortunate to have a wide variety of commissioned projects,
ranging from portraits to paintings of antique cars, yachts, homes, horse races, just to name a
few. All of these projects contributed to him becoming the versatile artist he is today.
William resides in Mt. Pleasant, SC with his wife Jennifer, loving life in the Lowcountry.
William is represented by Mary Martin Galleries of Fine Art in Charleston SC.
WILLIAM R. BEEBE ARTIST STATEMENT
One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion, while constantly
challenging myself. With every painting I try to push myself to another level. I look at the
artistry of painting as an evolutionary process developed through hard work, trial and error, and
I consider myself a Creative Realist, using touches of Impressionism to go beyond
representation. Achieving a painterly work is a high priority. I try to approach each new work
with fresh eyes, allowing myself moments of spontaneity in the painting process and
appreciating it when the paint surprises me.
I am currently enthusiastically working on a series of Charleston street scenes. The city has a
wonderful blend of historic architecture, charming homes, and a vibrant downtown. I look
forward to many years of building up a significant body of work, and trying to capture the
essence of Charleston, the city we call home.
I will also continue to pursue my passion for Avian art. The Charleston area is surrounded by
beautiful marshlands, home to a wide variety of magnificent birdlife. Brown Pelicans, Egrets,
and Herons continue to be my muse, becoming my primary subjects.
I’ve evolved to a point artistically in which creativity of style, application of paint, careful
selection of color and tone, and consideration of light and shadows, all interest me as much as
Mary Martin Gallery I is located on 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843-723-0303
Mary Martin Gallery IIis located at 143 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Mary Martin has collections of art showing at the Andell Inn Kiawah Island, Bella Grace, The Vendue, the Harbour Club, and other venues.
Mary Martin Galleries have been selected as the best galleries in South Carolina for eleven years in a row and in the top 20 galleries in the nation, Also, selected as the best gallery by several local publications.