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About The Belted Cow Company

To understand the Belted Cow Company you have to understand Maine.  We live in Maine, manufacture in Maine and through the Belted Cow Company, we’re trying to reflect the best features of our home state.

When you think Maine, you may think rocky coast, lobsters and pine trees.  Well, that’s true, but aside from physical beauty, it’s the character and talent of  “Mainers” that convinced us to start the Belted Cow Company here in Maine.  (By the way, you’re  a “Native” only if you were born here…the rest of us ”washed in with the tide”.)  

Why?  Because creative artists abound in Maine.  Skilled craftspeople abound in Maine.   And most of all, we found that people who live in Maine honestly care.  Care about their work, care about their customers and care about getting a job done right.

So that’s why we don’t manufacture our product over there and why we don’t take shortcuts with craftsmanship or selection of materials.                                                                   

We started the Belted Cow Company because we thought we could make better belts and accessories.  After 8 years in business, we think you’ll agree that our designs and quality are first class.  We also know that being in business means a lot more than generating revenue.  We’re still a small company, but proud in a big way of giving back to our community and to some great charitable organizations through sales of several designs.

Finally, we also live in Maine because it’s fun to be here.  It’s casual, it’s relaxed and after all, like our license plates say, it’s “Vacationland.”  We ski, bike, sail, fish, hike, run, and participate in many of the activities our customers enjoy.  We hope many of our designs reflect the “fun factor” and will make you smile in addition to looking sharp.  (Or “shaaap” as we say here in Maine).  We know that we’re not in New York or London and our belts may never make it to the haute couture runways, but hey, we doubt you could go for a sail or pull a lobster trap wearing something from that runway anyhow.

Belted Cow Contributing Artists

Eric Hopkins

Accomplished and versatile, Hopkins has studied and taught at many places for the past 30-years including time at University of Southern Maine, Montserrat School of Visual Arts, Marlboro College, Haystack School of Crafts and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied glass blowing with Dale Chihuly and sculpture with Italo Scanga.

Energetic and thoughtful, Eric Hopkins is widely known as a dynamic aerial landscape painter whose broad strokes and bold color electrify paintings of Maine islands, the North Atlantic coastline, nature and wide open spaces.


Eric Hopkins

Scott Earle
Art & Illustration

Over twenty-five years as an illustrator and graphic designer.  Educated at the University of Iowa and Maricopa Tech.

His Thoughts:
I’m frequently asked by those who’ve seen my work, “Hey, what style do you enjoy working in?”  My response: “Hey, whatever style I’m working in.  Realistic, cartoony, loose, tight…  I really do enjoy it all.”  If I’m asked to do something that I haven’t done before (that’s within my realm), I say, “Ya, I can do it.” … then I figure out how.  I really DO enjoy it all!


Jennifer Paradee

Jennifer Paradee comes from an artistic family.  She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember.  She is a graduate from Hamilton College, and has taught mixed media art classes to elementary aged children for ten years.  Her works have been exhibited in several galleries including The Pricilla Hartley Gallery and the Mast Cove galleries of Kennebunkport Maine, and are included in many private collections.  She presently lives with her husband and daughter  in Westborough Mass.




Philip Frey

Philip Frey is a Maine artist (American, 1967). He works in his Sullivan studio painting landscapes and seascapes of coastal fishing villages like Monhegan Island, Winter Harbor and South Bristol. Philip also paints some of the special interior landscapes such the blueberry barrens of Downeast Maine, Borestone Mountain and Mount Katahdin.




Kate Cleaves

Kate Cleaves grew up in Maine, where she also earned her BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art. She has been inspired by, and creating art since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Her passion is creating beauty in the world – whether it’s painting in her downtown studio, illustrating and designing belts for the Belted Cow, making fairies, or teaching her students at the York County Community College in Wells. Kate shows her work locally in many galleries, including: The George Marshall Store Gallery, The Gallery at the Eastland, and the Dodwell Gallery on Long Island, Maine.

Lavendier Myers

Lavendier Myers was born in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Graduated from Classical High School, Providence, R.I. and Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. Lavendier Myers later studied at Corcoran School of Art in, Washington, D.C., with Hayes Friedman, Brockie Stevenson and Blaine Davis. 
Lavendier Myers spent lengthy formative periods at Cape Cod, Vermont, Greece, the U.K. and Mexico. Myers is influenced by the psyche and colors of the aforementioned regions. The paintings aspire to communicate a magic realism. Some major influences are the writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the paintings of ancient China, the music of Chopin and the ambiance of Maine island life. Summers, Myers paints outdoors from direct observation.  In colder weather the artist tends toward figurative, non-objective painting and collage construction. “Figure on Landscape” tends to be a dominant theme. Lavendier Myers has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. If not singing, Myers works in silence. When not painting, the artist can be found restoring old houses.


Greg Benoit
Industrial Design/Graphic artist/Illustrator

Greg Benoit was born in Maine.  He is currently enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he is studying Industrial Design and Accessory Design.  Greg is expected to graduate in the spring of 2011.  Even though he is a designer he is very interested in the fine arts and fashion design.  During his time at SCAD he has designed and constructed shoes, bags, belts, apparel, furniture, along with some paintings and drawings.  Being an Industrial Designer he finds inspiration everywhere and is constantly searching for a new project.

Christina Heiniger

In addition to teaching art, Christina Heiniger is a well-known artist in the Down East Maine area. Her intention is to use art to create happiness and make the world more beautiful. Born in Switzerland and raised in Coastal Maine, she now lives and maintains a studio in Lamoine Maine, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor/ Acadia National Park.

Christina uses a delightfully unusual blend of influences in her artwork. She studied painting and printmaking as a studio art major at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Her bold, cheerful and uplifting use of color is inspired in part by European painters such as Henri Matisse and Johannes Itten, in part by the bright and fearless use of color in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and in part from her lifelong fascination with all the hues in her paintbox. Similar in spirit to the work of Paul Klee (also Swiss-born artist), Christina’s art is based in a playful and inventive use of materials and design.


Jim Williams

Jim opened Mainely Labs studio in 2005 when he embarked on a new career as an artist after a 22-year human resources career in various corporate environments. Jim calls his original art “Lab Art,” for the focus is on images of Labrador Retrievers. He lives just outside Portland in Cape Elizabeth with his wife Carol, their two cats, Fast Eddie and Lucinda, and their Black Lab, Pirate.

Laurie Hadlock

Laurie’s work ranges from pure abstract to more figurative landscapes, both inspired by the natural world around her as she sails and rows along Maine’s shores or hikes and skis New England.  Laurie graduated from Maine College of Art with a BFA in photography.  Her paintings, prints, or photographs have been exhibited around the country and beyond, including the KPK Contemporary Art in London and Thos. Moser in Freeport.  Her work is in the Portland Museum of Art’s permamnent collection.  She says, “I like to seize one moment in time, an instant when a feeling sweeps through me.  If I can capture it, purely, simply, honestly, stripping away anything unnecessary and leaving true form and/or color, then I am thrilled”.