Yves Parent, (1941-2011) was a native of France and graduated from Paris University where he studied law and political science. A self-taught artist, he worked mainly in watercolors since the age of 15. Yves, working from his 36-foot sloop, specialized in watercolors depicting the shoreline. His works are now shown in major marine art galleries up and down the East Coast from Annapolis to Camden, Maine.
An experienced sailor, Yves cruised extensively along the East Coast and had competed in several Fastnet Races. He crossed the Atlantic six times, four times on his own, including two single handed passages from France to the West Indies. In 1981 and 1982, he crewed in the Round the World Whitbread Race and had the rare opportunity to paint Cape Horn on location. Yves divided his time between France and the Eastern seaboard of the United States.