Tim Beavis of Kittery Point, Maine, died on January 27, 2019. He was an accomplished artist dedicated to his craft, and he painted until his last days. He was predeceased by his parents Dr. James Beavis and Katherine Beavis (Plummer), as well as his brother Jimmy Beavis.
Tim was born on October 4, 1944, in Dayton, Ohio. He had a lifelong love of art, architecture, and design and, in 1966, he graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After completing his studies, Tim settled in New England to be near the ocean. He lived on Plum Island and had a business meticulously disassembling historic Cape houses and selling them as kits.
In the early nineties, Tim moved up the coast to Maine. Here, he began building Japanese-style Shoji screens with fabric and brightly painted wood. He bought a parcel of land in Kittery Point where he designed and built his modernist dream house overlooking a salt marsh. He furnished his home with Art Deco furniture and with the work of local artists. It’s also during this time that he began to paint full time.
Tim was a self-described landscape painter and took inspiration from local beach scenes. He created beautiful and evocative bodies of work, his best known “Beach Series Paintings” explore the connection and unbreakable bond between the ocean, sand, and sky. He also created a powerful collection of abstract paintings, and a series of cereal box paintings.
Tim’s work was exhibited in galleries in Portland, ME, New York City, and Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, among others.
Keeping odd hours, he listened to Jazz and painted through the night. He made over 500 paintings in his studio overlooking Pepperrell Cove. In the morning, friends dropping by might find him sitting next to his wood stove, smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee, studying his work.
Tim was a kind man who had many friends. He was involved in the community and he supported local businesses and restaurants. He loved and believed in his best friend Raj, with whom he helped build Tulsi, and he could be seen having brunch there every Sunday.
Tim had a generous and unassuming nature, a warm heart and kind smile. He touched and inspired those who knew him. Tim will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Hanna, family, friends and community, Lucy the dog, and his dear cats.