Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Monday, July 18, 2016

96 Degrees in the Shade

Finished painting Annie's decks. Started at 0800 when the dew dried and walked away at 1130. I'm toasting myself. We are going to take down the fence and break out soon. Sun baked enamel... mighty fine I'll say.

Friday, July 15, 2016

In Progress

Seeing if I Still Have It
acrylic on canvas, 24"x24" © Curtis Bowman 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

New Home

This morning I received a note from my good friend Vera England...

John and I think of you often anyway, and are looking forward to having you crew from Solomons to St. Michael's and back. But now we think of you every day when we look at John's new painting, a retirement gift from a grateful client who had already purchased your "self portrait" for his own collection.  

May need to do some rearranging,  but it has center stage right here.

We're loving it.
best to Eleanor. 

John (restorer and captain of the F.D. Crockett) installing

F. D. Crockett (from Walker), acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"  ©Curtis Bowman 2013

It is where it was always meant to be.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Painting Boats

My friends Steve and Barry are great champions of my paintings... you may have seen a few here on Barry's site
Here is a bit more you may be interested in...

I started painting in the early '80s not long after learning to sail. I was trained as a marine biologist and sketched to interpret my observations in the field. For years I put most of my career efforts toward interpreting natural and cultural history, finding some time to paint- both for my exhibit work and as a fine artist.

The maritime world and adventure sailing always informed my work. I would visit different places and do my best to bring out the feeling that that place, that boat, that natural environment brought up in me. Four years ago we moved to Virginia and I started painting full time. It has been a continuing learning experience and a great reason to rig up and explore the Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Banks.

If you are interested in seeing my current work check in on   I update the available work often. And if you would like a painting of your boat I enjoy the challenge of commissions. If you are as tight as I am- like two coats of paint- maybe your wife or daughter aren't. And the holidays are just around the corner. Ho, ho, ho.

Recent work...

Schooner Reach

Turning In

Blue Sweater

Images above  © Curtis Bowman 2016. All rights reserved.