Claude R Bryant
LocationCape Neddick, Maine
C.R. Bryant The Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport Maine
Born in 1946 during a hurricane. Began painting with the guidance of a self-taught Aunt known for creating iridescent effects on the feathers of the fighting cocks she raised for a local doctor. He was five
As a teenager in Palm Beach, he spent time at the Norton Gallery studying and copying the Masters. Beginning with, O’Keefe he progressed to Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir. Later he discovered Dali which lead to exploration and mastering the Dutch Flemish technique of layering oils. That was a moment when the discoveries learned from his Aunt came full circle, a never shared secret he will take to his grave.
He started sailing at an early age in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. His interests centered on all thigs maritime eventually making a single-hand voyage from Florida to Trinidad, twenty-one days at sea alone. The Air Force introduced him to South East Asia and along the way, the cultures of Pacific. The museums in Dublin and London further advanced his exposure observing the Old Masters. As an executive of Bridgestone Corporation in Tokyo, he enjoyed special access to one of the world’s most significant collections of early Impressionistic Art. Having lived in Donegal Ireland, London England, Miami, Los Angles, and Seattle he has found a new home near Ogunquit in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Today, his education continues ever expanding into maritime, portraiture, history and nature.
The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters – Member Seattle
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport - Core Artist, 33 years, Greenwich Connecticut
Member, International Marine Artists
Mystic Seaport Gallery, Masters Exhibitions – 22 years
COGAP United States Coast Guard Art Program – 15 works in the permanent collection
Associate Member – The Salmagundi Club New York City
Co-Founder PRIMA – Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists, a non-profit international group
Member – The Copley Society of Art, Boston
Portrait Registry – The Copley Society
Numerous awards of excellence
Best of Show Tacoma Art Museum
Yachting Award Mystic International Exhibition 2003
International Recognition - SeaKeepers Society
Public Service Commendations – Department of Homeland Security - United States Coast Guard