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.
Born in North Staffordshire, Neil studied at Burslem School of Art and Stoke College. His early career was spent first with Wedgwood and then with Royal Doulton, where he was responsible for many designs and royal commemorative items. Now a full-time professional painter, Neil works in either oils or watercolours and likes to paint figurative and still-life subjects where light has a strong role in the composition, and colour, texture and mood reflect his observation.
Geoffrey was born in Worcestshire in 1945 and studied at Stourbridge College of Art and Victoria College, Manchester University. He taught for four years and then moved to Cornwall to paint full time. Best known for his cover art on the novels of Douglas Reeman and Alexander Kent, he was also employed by Warner Brothers as a concept artist on the feature film “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire”, conceiving and designing the magical “Durmstrang Ship”. Geoffrey has wide ranging interests, including gaining a Bsc.Hons. from Exeter University in 1994 and sailing his 42' yacht in the Mediterranean whenever the opportunity arises.
Born in Margate, Kent, in 1945, the sea has always been a great influence in Brian's life. His first career was in the catering industry, culminating in becoming head of a catering school. However, in the 1980's he began to paint seriously, selling to local galleries and private collectors. In the late 90's he decided to devote all his time to painting and took early retirement. He now has his own studio near Looe, and enjoys the influence of the Cornish coast and all its maritime connections. He has a love of all traditional craft, but is particularly inspired by the grace and beauty of the classic yachts of the 1920's and 30's.