A native of Massachusetts, marine artist Paul Garnett is entirely self-taught. For seven years he served as the shipwright on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s tall ship replica of the famous BOUNTY that was built for their 1962 production of “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Marlon Brando
His artwork has been featured in Nautical World Magazine, Marine Art Quarterly and Sea History Magazine, ‘Quarterdeck,’ ‘Soundings,’ ‘The Nautical Research Journal,’ and ‘North Carolina Historical Review’ as well as the National Maritime Historical Society’s Christmas card. His paintings have also appeared on A&E’s “Sea Tales”, as well as The History Channel’s program “History’s Mysteries” and one has been licensed to be used in the background of a film due to be released in 2019. The Clinton County Historical Society in New York licensed “Battle of Valcour Island” as a poster for their recovery project on the lake where the battle took place. This painting has also been used in Facts on File’s Revolutionary War Almanac. Art of the Sea has featured the artist’s paintings five times over a number of years and the #8 2006 edition of Denmark’s Historie Magazine included the artist’s ‘Men Against the Sea‘ as well as a painting of Joshua Slocum’s Spray being featured in their #1 2014 issue.
Paul’s paintings have been featured as the covers of the trilogy by naval historian William H. White about the War of 1812. Also his paintings are featured covers for White’s books: A Press of Canvas, A Fine Tops’l Breeze, The Evening Gun, The Greater The Honor – as well as Mr. White’s other works of fiction and non-fiction. Nicholas Nicastro, whose work “Between Two Fire“‘a novel of John Paul Jones, used Paul’s art for the cover. He has currently completed artwork for the first two books of William Westbrook’s sea fiction trilogy – ‘The Bermuda Privateer’ and ‘The Black Ring.’ He has also done CD cover art for the Telarc’s Masters & Commanders recorded by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by the late great Erich Kunzel and for “Secret Signs” recorded by the Bow Triplets, an Irish/Celtic folk music group based in Europe.
The artist’s originals can be seen at the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut; the Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, Maine; the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT, where has participated in the International Marine art Exhibition for the past 14 years; “Water Ways” at Art of the Sea, “Charlestown – Then and Now” at the Charlestown Naval Museum; “Masters and Commanders” at the Union League Club in New York City; “Art of the Boston Waterfront” at the John Stobart Gallery in Boston; and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
In July 2005, Mr. Garnett was involved in the National Juried Exhibition at the 12th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon. His was also featured and auctioned at the Don Cesar Hotel on St. Petersberg Beach in the summer of 2002, when he was OP Sail’s featured event artist at the Gallery of the Tall Ships.
Both the Constitution Museum in Charlestown and the Marine Museum in Fall River Massachusetts have permanent exhibits of his work, as do the Minnesota Maritime Museum, the North Carolina Marine Museum in Beaufort and, more recently, the National Coast Guard Museum. The artist is also a longtime member of the National Maritime Historical Society, the International Society of Marine Painters, the Nautical Research Guild, and in 2018 was elected as a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). He works from his studio in Marlborough, Massachusetts and welcomes visitors.