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Rowena Wright



I am a marine artist and Illustrator working mostly in oil paint but also pencil, watercolour and chalk. I have been a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists for nearly 20 years.

I paint a wide range of subjects but have chosen to specialise in marine art. I think the old classics yachts are still the most beautiful sight on the water. In a strong wind with the sun on their sails, powering down towards you, they are magnificent. To be out on the water recording the action as they thunder past is fantastic.”


My work has taken me to sailing events in the Solent, Antigua, St Tropez and the BVI and includes classic yachts, modern racing boats, local sailing fleets, naval ships, seascapes and marker buoys.


I paint for exhibition and commission working from life but mostly from photos to help me capture the event at its best.

              I also spent 7 years as a volunteer crew member on Cowes Inshore Lifeboat and later the RNLI in Cowes. There were a great many routine callouts and patrols interspersed with some very serious incidents and loss of life. The pager could go off at any time, day or night, often interrupting my painting. It was a fascinating experience that enriched my knowledge and understanding of the Solent and all that floats (and sinks) on it.

RSMA Awards

2013 - Windsor & Newton oil prize

2008 - Classic Boat Prize

2004 - Conway Maritime Press Award

2002 - Classic Boat Prize

2000 - Charles Pears Memorial Award



Recording history

America’s Cup Jubilee, 2001

Trafalgar 200, International Fleet Review, 2005

X One Design Centenary Regatta, 2011

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, 2012



Dame Ellen Macarthur DBE

Sir Peter Blake KBE

Tracy Edwards MBE

Sir Ben Ainsley CBE - Olympic Gold

Andrew Simpson MBE - Olympic Gold

Andrew Cassel - Paralympic Gold

Clare Balding OBE



2017 to 2018 – Seaview Gallery, Seaview, Isle of Wight

1997 to 2017 - Annual Exhibitions at the RSMA, Mall Galleries, London.

2013 to 2014  - Green Buoy Arts, Cowes.

2011 to 2013 - Seaview Art Gallery

1996 to 2013 - Kendall's Fine Art, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

2005 - RSMA Exhibition, Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth.

2005 - Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge.

2004 to 2005 - Marina Gallery, Kinsale, Ireland

2004 - The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

2003 - St Barbe Gallery, Lymington.

2002 - Royal Institute of Naval Architects, London.

2001 - Maritime Gallery, Mystic Seaport, USA.

2001 - Forbes Gallery, New York, USA.

2000 - Peter Headley Gallery, Wareham, Dorset.

1999 - Art of the Sea Exhibition, Lloyds Building, London.

1999 - Jubilee Sailing Trust Marine Art Exhibition, Southampton.

1998 to 2003 - D'Art Gallery, Falmouth

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