Maritime Fine Art - Original Paintings of Classic Sailing Yachts and Those Who Sail Them
At the helm of Stars and Stripes on San Diego Bay - 15 knots in a light breeze - WOW
For more than sixty years C.R. (Bob) Bryant has followed a lifelong journey to perfect his ability as a visual artist.
Born in the eye of a hurricane in Central Florida he created his first painting at age five.
Working primarily with traditional oils on linen, using techniques of the old masters, learned over many years of study,
he has become a master of realism. He has also perfected the rare and unusual technique of painting on copper
used by early Dutch and Flemish painters and revered as the perfect ground for oils.
"Kentra" Oil on Pure Copper
Known for his ability to paint water he also has a working knowledge of sailing ships and today he is recognized
as a leading international marine artist. Relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 1988, his focus centered on preserving the rich
Marine history of Puget Sound but his passion remains classic sailing yachts.
His understanding and appreciation of visual arts has been enriched while living abroad and devoting considerable time in the
world’s great art museums, living and painting in the footsteps of the old masters. Bryant is a veteran single hand sailor and never far
from the sea, preferring to live on or near the ocean.
A key aspect of his work involves the human figure, seldom included in maritime paintings but frequently the
subject of his work. Many of his paintings especially classic yachts are actually portraits of crew and owners
unpretentiously represented within the composition as seen in the painting "Kentra" above.
In 1997, surviving a near fatal accident, Bryant made the decision to paint professionally and began marketing
his work by founding Emerald Island Studios during a long rehabilitation period. "Painting allowed me to focus and develop
the mental toughness to come back physically. Many of the forty paintings I did during that year ended up in the trash but
a few were worth the effort. I've kept them to remind myself that anything is possible even in the most difficult of situations".
Bryant produces a number of paintings each year for donation to selected causes supporting the arts, marine heritage and
In the United States his original oil paintings and limited edition reproductions are represented by Mystic Seaport,
America's Museum of the Sea as a core artist and selected galleries world wide.
In Europe his paintings are predominately commissioned by patrons and yacht owners.
His work is frequently selected for exhibition at major exhibitions in Mystic. His paintings are included in
the permanent collections of the United States Coast Guard, maritime museums, international corporations,
and numerous classic yacht owners and patrons throughout Europe, Asia, the West Indies and the Americas.
He is the Co-founder and Senior Fellow at PRIMA - the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists
Emerald Island Studios is located on Raft Island in Henderson Bay north of Olympia on
Washington's Puget Sound. Looking north through the trees we can see the Olympic Mountains
and our resident family of bald eagles that nest here and fish in our back yard.
Looking south there is a 180º exposure to the sun and a small protected salt water bay.
Salmon run into the fresh water creeks that flow into the bay in the winter
months and harbor seals live here year round.
Occasionally a California Grey Whale or an Orca Pod come through and every day
the tide leaves a treasure or two on our beach.
We have black tail deer, black bear, otters, every sort of duck and waterfowl plus loads of visitors
who come by kayak, sailboat, water skis and powerboat, not to mention the odd float plane now and then.
It is a lively place, in a quiet sort of way, and certainly an improvement over the days we have spent living
in cities like Los Angeles, Miami and London.
Raft Island at low tide - you can walk across
the spit to the small island called Deadman's
but be sure to get back before the tide changes or else you will have to sleep
on the beach with the seals. The studio is located on the lower left point on Raft Island