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Bennett Schroeder Bradbury 1914 - 1991

Portrait of Bennett Bradbury
by Christian von Schneidau 1893-1976
Bennett Bradbury Laguna Coast
Laguna Coastline

Bennett Schroeder Bradbury Hawaiian Coast with frame
Hawaiian Coast
Bennett Bradbury Beach Sentinels
Beach Sentinels Carmel Peninsula
Bennett Bradbury Dusk, China Cove, Point Lobos State Park
Dusk, China Cove Point Lobos

Bennett was the son of a musical family, his mother being a grand opera star of the Boston Opera Company, and his grandfather, Alwin Schroeder, was acclaimed as the greatest cellist of his time.

Bennett Bradbury was a successful member of the Laguna Beach Art Association. He was popular among the Laguna Beach artist community, not only for his artistry, but also genuine enjoyment of the camaraderie and his culinary and hosting skills.

After working for Walt Disney studios, he dedicated himself full time to his painting and made Laguna Beach his full time home. After WW II but before high rises dominated the Waikiki skyline, Bennett lived on Oahu for eight years, maintaining his studio at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, selling his paintings to Island visitors from the Royal Hawaiian's walls.

When he returned to Laguna Beach, he continuing his painting and teaching seminars on the Monterey Peninsula. Between the years of 1955 and 1960, fellow Disney artist Joshua Meador maintained his studio on the first floor an old firehouse in Carmel Highlands and making his home above in the old firemen's living quarters upstairs. The fireman's brass pole was still in place and used on occasion. Bennett Bradbury was a frequent visitor, sharing the studio space with his host while painting and teaching.

Souces: Artnet, Askart and reminiscences of Libby and Philip Meador, widow and son of Joshua Meador

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