1927 - 2015

Victor Mays

Victor Mays
'NY Harbor, 1890's'

Victor Mays
'Scow Sloop, Bangor, ME'

Victor Mays
'North Sea Gale'

Victor Mays
'Convoy, Bay of Biscay'

Victor Mays
'Gondola Point Ferry'


It would be no understatement to call Victor Mays the single most sought after watercolorist in the field today. His uncompromising dedication to perfection allows him to release only six to ten paintings a year from his marsh-side studio.

Historical accuracy, unparalleled detail and sublime emotions are the reasons why his work has found avid supporters among connoisseurs and collectors around the globe.

A graduate of Yale University, Mays pursued a dual career as a naval intelligence officer and a magazine/children's book illustrator/author. After retiring from the Navy at age 50, he began to pursue marine painting full-time, utilizing the hundreds of sketches he had made over the years and the collection of vintage photographs and reference material he had carefully gathered. The result has been a body of work that would be at home on the walls of any museum in the world.

He is a Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Marine Artists. His paintings have won an Award of Excellence nearly every year at the prestigious Mystic International Exhibition. He has twice been awarded the exhibition's top honor, the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award. His work is included in the permanent collection of Mystic Seaport Museum.

Victor Mays

Victor Mays
'Island Belle'

Victor Mays
'Heavy Weather'

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