Betsy Wyeth's Dream

Betsy Wyeth had always dreamed of living on an island. Islands are self-contained and she loves them because they are so detached that no one can easily intrude.

And to make a long story short. Betsy owns two islands in Maine, Benner Island and Allen Island, where she has been living with her famous artist husband Andrew Wyeth who passed on in his sleep earlier this year at the age of 91.

You can read her story here: Betsy Wyeth’s Magical Benner Island, off the Coast of Maine.

Andrew Wyeth

And Betsy surely wasn't alone with her attraction to solitude. This is what Andrew Wyeth said about his painting style: "I think anything like that -which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone -people always feel is sad. Is it because we've lost the art of being alone?" From The Washington Times. Read his story here: He paints no more.

I could definitely live on a secluded island, at least for a while.
What about you?


  1. Hello!

    Your blog is simply beautiful. I must add you to my list of favorites.

    Thank you for stopping by Sunbonnet Cottage. It sounds like we both dream about retiring to the ocean.


    Sunbonnet Cottage

  2. Wow, how amazing. I love the photo of her on the porch swing.

  3. What an interesting story. I've never heard of them, but I do recognize her husband's painting. I'm not sure if I could live in solitude like that for very long, but I'm sure I could get used to spending summers on that island!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! Although I now live in Alaska, my roots are at the Jersey Shore and I visit home every year.

  5. what an interesting and hardy women betsy is!
    island boho is always in style!

    i am enjoying your blog! would love to add you
    to my blog roll! thanks for visitng myblueskies

  6. That's a definite yes!! What a neat story, I can't wait to go back and read it. Thanks so much for stopping by. I have added you to my favs.


  7. yes, I believe I could. With my husband, daughter and dog, of course!

  8. I noticed when I singed on today that you were "following" me around my beach neighborhood. I live within walking distance of the beach. I think you'll enjoy living the dream with me. Thanks for stopping by :-)

  9. I was so glad to read your comment on my post today!! I love Andrew Wyeth but I know very little about Betsy accept that she was quite the supporting wife. A few years ago the High Museum in Atlanta feature his work in a special exhibition. One of the stories told during the exhibition was how he had to have perfect order. There was a painting of a window with rocks in the window sill and the story goes that his children would sometimes go into his workshop and rearrange the stones as a prank. It was said that his wife worked to keep things in order so that he could work. That story made me smile. I am so glad to "meet" you and discover your blog!!

  10. Love Wyeth, especially his dog napping on a bed...as for solitude, I left the US after my wedding in Michigan to live in Australia in August 2006 with my Aussie husband and there were days I felt so utterly alone it was painful...we are now back in Michigan to be closer to my family...a little bit of alone time is good, but a lot is just too lonely...it did make me appreciate my family & friends a whole lot more though, and I missed little things I used to take for granted here in Michigan, like the sweet song of sparrows, the silliness of squirrels (there are no squirrels in Australia), and gently falling snow at Christmas.
    It's good to be home. :o)

  11. Fantastico! You should write a book about living that life!!! Okay I would run a bit, fish, and do some kayaking... but yes! I culd live there!

    Thanks for sharing!