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Marty Bell Fine Art: Rediscover the Romance

Updated on June 30, 2016
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I knew Marty Bell through a family connection. She was a wonderful woman and artist. It is my delight to share her work with you...enjoy!

Discovering Marty Bell For The First Time

As a child, three small paintings were artistically displayed in our kitchen. They were floral subjects on pieces of distressed wood: three pots of white daisies, a yellow rose tree and a close up of yellow daisies. These art pieces were special to my mom because they had been painted by a friend.

Years later as a new bride, my husband and I came upon an art display at a local mall. Romantic English cottages and victorian ladies were showcased. The flowers in one particular print caught my eye. They reminded me of those kitchen paintings and, feeling nostalgic, we went to find the artist. I was surprised to find she was my mother's friend, but now more accomplished and growing in popularity. She remembered me, of course, and said she wanted to paint my face. I demured thinking she was just being kind. It was 1982 and this was the day we purchased our first Marty Bell.

Penhurst Tea Rooms by Marty Bell - Notice the beautiful details!

Marty Bell
Marty Bell

About Marty

Marty Bell found her love for art early in life, but her high school art teachers didn't offer the support and direction she wanted. In her words, "Our teachers would ask us to draw still lifes, like a broken tricycle or a baseball bat. These have their place, but who would want them on their wall forever? I would work with that for awhile and then I would start playing on my own with the paints. This is where I would get into trouble."

After marrying and starting a family, she picked up art classes again. Her first teacher really encouraged individual creativity and eventually Marty started her own art school. In 1974, after traveling throughout England, Marty painted a few English scenes which promptly sold. From that point on, her life was not the same. Many paintings were selling even before she could complete them and what began as a hobby, had become a thriving art business. Her creations were sought by collectors, decorators and design firms. She gained international popularity and is considered the premiere painter of the English countryside.

The Gamekeepers Cottage by Marty Bell

Rediscover the Romance

With her passion for beauty, color and style, Marty Bell was a prolific and influential artist. Her work has been internationally collected and she enjoyed the respect of both her peers and fine art collectors. In her lifetime, Marty painted more than 3,000 oil paintings ranging from old English cottages and California landscapes to impressionistic pieces and colorful still lifes.

Her artistic vision continues to appeal to fine art collectors evoking a blend of warmth & nostalgia as attractive today as it was 35+ years ago. Those original three small paintings still hang, artistically displayed, in my mother's kitchen and I still love my own Marty Bell prints.

Now, we invite you to rediscover the romance of Marty Bell fine art!

Miss Elizabeth's Door by Marty Bell

Gretel's Cottage by Marty Bell - from the "Carmel by the Sea" Collection

Own a Marty Bell Original Oil Painting - If you've got the money, it's worth it!

Original Mary Bell Oil Paintings can go for thousands of dollars. Do not expect to pay that much for a print on canvas or lithograph on paper. As with all products listed on Mrs Potts hub pages, we do not endorse the sellers and purchasing is at your own risk.

Sweetheart's Gate

Sweetheart's Gate by Marty Bell
Sweetheart's Gate by Marty Bell

Did you know every Marty Bell picture contains a hidden heart? In this painting the hearts are obvious. See if you can find them in her other paintings!

Take the Marty Bell Poll

Little Pink Playhouse by Marty Bell
Little Pink Playhouse by Marty Bell

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Marty Bell on Amazon!

For our crafty friends, enjoy creating your own cross stitch Marty Bell pictures!

This Portal Fair by Marty Bell

This Portal Fair by Marty Bell
This Portal Fair by Marty Bell

Share your comments or stories with us!

Are you discovering Marty Bell for the first time or is this a trip down memory lane?

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      Kim 7 months ago

      I have several Marty Bell Prints that are signed. My Little Bromley Lodge has faded to a light blue color. It has never been exposed to sunlight. Is there anything that can be done to restore it?

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      Cyndy 2 years ago

      Bought several Marty Bell "painting" , some quite large. All have become faded and are now worthless. I've not had this happen to any other art.

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      Bill Creighton 2 years ago

      i have a painting of Marty bell . Sign bell old 1950s Thank you.

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      J'oe 2 years ago

      Awesome ! ! ! She is the most capturing artist of our time. God Bless Her.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I read a lot of books. I was reading The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels. In the story of The Christmas Stocking on page 11, "Everyone who knew Gus Moss were aware that when the new owners moved into one of his custom-designed house, gus himself showed up wering a tool belt and cary a Marty Bell painting, his gift to the new owners, that he hung himselfF"

      I wanted to find out more about Marty Bell. Went to the comupter and discovered her information. Thantk you.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This is the first time. What beautiful work she does.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      this is my first time to hear about Marty Bell; I love all the pictures presented here

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When my husband and I were first married, Marty Bell was making a personal appearance at a shop close to our home (1992). She happened to bring with her the very first original that she would take on tour with her (Arbor Cottage). My husband and I decided we wanted it, but there was an older couple there that also wanted the painting. The shop owner and Marty Bell persuaded the couple to let us buying it since we were just starting out. They were so excited when we decided we would purchase it. She signed the back of the painting, a couple of plates and a champaign bottle. On the back of the painting, she wrote, "With my best wishes" Marty Bell. She was such a nice lady. Anyway, I am wondering if there is a place I can find the value. I don't think I would ever sell it, but am just curious.

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      MrsPotts 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's right, Josh. She and her husband would take trips to England and snap pictures of buildings, stores, homes, places they liked. Marty would paint from those pictures. I remember our first print on canvas, Bibury Cottage. Marty said the home had a station wagon in front of it. They knocked on the door and asked if it would be okay to take some pictures. Then they had to try to take pictures around the station wagon. Marty said it wasn't uncommon to be invited in for tea. She was a terrific lady in every sense of the word! Thank you for sharing the information about where some of her originals and work can be purchased. Carmel is a great little town and worth visiting at least once. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @MrsPotts: Marty did start before Kincade and unlike Kincade she visiting every place she painted in person. She painted the Tuckbox Tea Room at Christmas as well as Hansels and Gretel's houses, all Carmel, CA Icons and the originals are on display and for sale at the little home and garden store beside the tea room in Carmel called "A Great Place Home and Garden. They also have a website with some of her work.

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      MrsPotts 5 years ago

      @tvyps: Thank you for the blessing! Marty Bell professionally painted from the late 1960s. She passed away in October, 2003. Thomas Kinkade, I believe, started painting with his signature style in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Hmmm...they look a lot like Thomas Kinkade. Who was around first? A green Squid Angel blessing to you! It's not spoiled, it is Saint Patrick's Day!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I love the colors and this type of style. Her art looks so charming and romantic.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I've not heard of Marty Bell before, but she does have a distinct style that I think I've seen before. Lovely story about your connection to her.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      first time heard about marty bell. her works are really amazing. particularly the gretel's cottage is is superb.

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      Serenity30 5 years ago

      Amazing work. Thank you for introducing me to Marty Bell's work.

      I may have come across her work online but never knew the artist by name.

      A great lens on the artist.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      first time in this art ... glad I browsed upon it tonight, you've done a credit to this art! If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I've never heard of Marty Bell, but her art is remarkable. Thank you for introducing her to the community. Great lens.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow, first time I heard of Marty Bell - thank you for the introduction. Love the colors in her paintings! Blessed by a SquidAngel on the Back to School Bus Trip.

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      kismetsc 6 years ago

      She uses very vivid and lively colors. They are beautiful. I had not heard of her before. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely romantic images. I'm taking this as a sign I should do that art therapy lens I've been thing about. Great job!