C. Robert Bryant
For more than 60 years C.R. (Bob) Bryant has followed a lifelong journey to perfect his ability as a visual artist.
Born in the eye of a hurricane in Central Florida, Bob created his first painting at age five. Working primarily with traditional oils on linen using techniques of the old masters learned over many years of study, he has become a master of realism. He has also perfected the rare and unusual technique of painting on copper used by early Dutch and Flemish painters and revered as the perfect ground for oils.
After relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 1988, his focus centered on preserving the rich Marine history of Puget Sound but his passion remains with classic sailing yachts. His understanding and appreciation of visual arts has been enriched while living abroad and devoting considerable time in the world’s great art museums, living and painting in the footsteps of the old masters. Bryant is a veteran single hand sailor and never far from the sea, preferring to live on or near the ocean. A key aspect of his work involves the human figure and many of his paintings, especially of classic yachts, are actually portraits of crew and owners unpretentiously represented within the composition.
In 1997, after surviving a near fatal accident, Bob made the decision to paint professionally and began marketing his work by founding Emerald Island Studios during a long rehabilitation period. “Painting allowed me to focus and develop the mental toughness to come back physically. Many of the forty paintings I did during that year ended up in the trash but a few were worth the effort. I’ve kept them to remind myself that anything is possible even in the most difficult of situations”. Today, he is recognized as a leading international marine artist.
Each year, Bob donates some of his work to selected causes supporting the arts, marine heritage and historical conservation. His works can be found in private collections including: the permanent collections of the United States Coast Guard, maritime museums, international corporations, plus that of numerous classic yacht owners and patrons throughout Europe, Asia, the West Indies and the Americas. He is the Co-founder and Fellow at PRIMA the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists
Most recently Bob’s studio is filled with America’s Cup 45’s and the international teams competing in a world tour leading up to the Louis Vuitton and 2013 America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay. His work has been selected for numerous exhibits at Coos Art Museum, winning the People’s Choice Award in 1999, Newport Beach Maritime Museum, where his work is part of the permanent collection. In 2003, he won the Maritime Gallery Yachting Award at the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, where he is currently represented.