'Bomb Brig ETNA'
'Pilot Boat VIRUNA'
'NY Harbor, 1890's'
'Scow Sloop, Bangor, ME'
'North Sea Gale'
'Convoy, Bay of Biscay'
It would be no understatement to call Victor Mays the single most sought
after watercolorist in the field today. His uncompromising dedication to
perfection allowed him to release only six to ten paintings a year from his
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 was a Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Society
of Marine Artists. His paintings won an Award of Excellence nearly every
year at the prestigious Mystic International Exhibition. He was twice
awarded the exhibition's top honor, the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage
Award. His work is included in the permanent collection of Mystic Seaport