Mark Myers is profoundly interested in ships, seafaring and the sea and seek to portray, in his artwork, what he has learnt of these in as truthful way as he can.
Mark uses a variety of media, principally watercolours, oils, acrylics and Chinese inks with occasional forays into pastels, lithography and etching. Watercolours and inks are used on first quality rag paper, whilst his usual support for oils and acrylics is stretched flax canvas. The tools are pencil, brush and pen. The majority of my work is studio based, where he can have appropriate references to hand. Mark generally works on one or two paintings at a time, preparing small sketches to develop ideas and then putting down the basic structures in pencil for watercolour and thinned paint for oils.
1945 Born on the 19th November in San Mateo, California, USA
1963-7 BA Hons in Liberal Arts, Pomona College, Claremont, California
1965-73 Experience as a Sailor and Rigger in Traditional Sailing Ships
1975 Elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists
1978-88 Honorary Secretary to the Royal Society of Marine Artists
1978 Founder Member of the American Society of Marine Artists
1979 Elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists
1988-93 Vice President Royal Society of Marine Artists
1993-8 President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists (FASMA)
2005 Conway Maritime Press Award, RSMA Annual Exhibition
1992 Rudolph J. Shaefer Award, Mystic Maritime Gallery
1991/5/8/01/06 Kirsten Gallery, Seattle.
1990 Western Approaches, Galleries Marin, Appledore, Devon.
ASMA National Exhibitions, RSMA Annual Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries and outside.
1999 An Eye for a Ship: Mark Myers by Stephen Swann, Traditional Boats and Tall Ships
1998 The Tall Ship in Art (with Roy Cross, Derek Gardener, John Groves and Geoff Hunt) Blandford (Republished in 2005 as Clippers, Packets and Men OWar, Bounty Books)
1991 Mark Myers and West Country Seafaring by Peter Stanford, Sea History No. 59
1987 Mark Myers, Marinmalare by Alex A. Hurst, Longitude, No. 22
1984 Seamanship in the Age of Sail, Illustrator, Conway Maritime Press
Mark focuses on ships, seafaring and the sea as subject matter, and specializes in historical paintings. As a result, he primarily uses photographs and historical records as reference material but is prepared to work from life. He is open to using a variety of media, including watercolours, oils, acrylics and Chinese inks with occasional forays into pastels, lithography and etching. Mark favours specific and detailed client briefs, and is happy to make copies of an existing work. Commissions will typically take around 2 months to be completed.