Exhibition at Mall Galleries. Copyright: RSMA
Exhibition at Mall Galleries. Copyright: RSMA

About the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA)

The Royal Society of Marine Artists is the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art, and many of the country's leading marine artists are elected Members of the Society.

This country is an island nation with a proud maritime heritage. The coastline of Britain and its principal islands measures some 19,400 miles, presenting a wide variety of often spectacular scenery. The sea is part of who we are as a nation. It is this heritage and this environment that we aim to celebrate.

Whilst much of our work is representational in the broadest sense, our styles, choice of subject matter and painting medium vary enormously. Some of our Members specialise in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels; some find inspiration on the deep sea, others explore what's under the sea.

But no matter what we paint, or in what style, no matter whether we paint en plein-air or in the studio, the sea is always our main source of inspiration.

Current Officers

President: Elizabeth Smith PRSMA
Vice-President: Geoff Hunt PPRSMA
Hon. Treasurer: David Allen RSMA
Hon. Secretary: Margaret Heath RSMA