Born and raised on the Adams Shore section of Quincy Bay in Massachusetts, Richard Loud cannot remember a time when his life did not revolve around boats. The son of a master shipwright who built boats for profit and pleasure, Richard was exposed early on to the complexities and beauty of boat design and construction.
This early training and passionate love for sailing vessels is evident in his paintings today. His work combines a thorough understanding of a wide variety of vessel types and sea conditions, with a uniquely artistic feeling of light and atmosphere.
After working his way through Northeastern University as a draftsman for the Penn Central Railroad, he served as a deckhand on a 114-foot motor yacht and later assisted his father designing and building yachts. Yet all this time he was constantly drawing and painting the vessels around him. His paintings of clipper ships and traditional sailing yachts express a sailor’s deep affection for the crafts, the brisk afternoons, and gentle breezes in a way that everyone who has spent time at sea, or wishes they had, can relate to.
Mr. Loud’s dramatic paintings have earned him awards in the 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 2014 in the International Marine Art Exhibitions at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. In 1990 he was mentioned in the December issue of Yachting Magazine. In 1991 he was commissioned to paint the HMS ROSE the frigate used in Master and Commander. The painting was displayed on board the vessel during the Eastern Seaboard Tour of the Bill of Rights and became part of the permanent collection of the HMS ROSE Foundation in Bridgeport, CT. His works can be found in the Texas Maritime Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Richard is a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists and has painted exclusively in Salem, Massachusetts from 1995 to 2010. He spends his summers sailing on his beloved yacht, the Volya.