Bermuda travelers who met Alfred Birdsey (1912–1996) would not easily forget him. The unassuming but prolific painter welcomed thousands of visitors over the years to his Paget  studio, where he often treated them to tea and a chat, no matter whether any art changed hands. Renowned outside of Bermuda, his Impressionistic, even Asian-influenced brushstrokes of island landscapes, yachts, harbors, and backstreets revolutionized the way Bermuda was captured in art and caught the imagination of collectors worldwide.
Today, his daughter, Jo Birdsey-Linberg, carries on the family tradition at The Birdsey Studio (Rosecote, 5 Stowe Hill, tel. 441/236-6658, linberg [at] northrock [dot] bm, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Mon.–Fri., appointments recommended). Like her father, she breaks artistic conventions—and makes guests feel entirely at home. Birdsey-Linberg’s breezy watercolor landscapes and whimsical animal portraits—popular children’s gifts—range in price from $80 to $450; oils are priced $400 and up. The studio also sells note cards of Alfred Birdsey’s work, which Birdsey-Linberg is in the process of memorializing in a book.
Park your scooter in front of the house and follow the path on the left to the back garden, where the studio is located amid roses, lilies, cacti, and paw-paw trees. Birdsey-Linberg, a Latin scholar, musician, and mother, can be found here most weekday mornings, with her “assistant managers”—two miniature dachshunds, Mango and Chutney.