Robert C. Semler

Art has been not only a profession, but a way of life for Robert Semler. After studying protrait and figure art at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, he spent 28 years in illustration and publishing until making the decision to paint full time in 1992. He works primarily in oil and watercolor/gouache and is, in addition to his marine art, well known for his teaching and commissioned portraits.

His work for the United States Coast Guard Art Program includes seven paintings in their permanent collection and a painting of the USCGC EAGLE, part of the historic mural project of the Class of 1962 for the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He is currently involved in a series of paintings of the luxury liner SS United States, as well as being an active member in an organization devoted to preserving and restoring this last grand lady of the high seas.

A Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) for 25 years, Robert served as president for 5 years and has served in the past as vice-president and is a long time member or their Board of Directors. He is also a member of the NY Society of Illustrators and the Portrait Society of America. His works have appeard in several books devoted to marine art, including Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea, North Light Books; A Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers; Bound For Blue Water, Greenwich Workshop Press and SS United States, the Fastest Ship in the World, Turner Publishing.

After spending 55 years in New Jersey, Robert’s studio and residence is now located in Bradenton, FL.