Artist in Residence: Russ Kramer
On select weekends, local artists are invited to Ocean House to share their artistic vision and give a demonstration of their skills.
Enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the Living Room on Saturday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Throughout the weekend, catch the featured artist in action as the sea air, sweeping views of the Atlantic and more than 140 years of history serve as inspiration for a work of art.
Every once in a decade a dynamic talent bursts onto the scene injecting exciting new energy and captivating imagery into the field. In recent years Russ Kramer has emerged as one of these artists.
After cutting his artistic ‘eye teeth’ as a staff artist for the Tampa Tribune, where he created literally hundreds of dramatic depictions of daily news events as they unfolded– he went on to refine his skills by engineering the entire re-design of major newspapers like the Wichita Eagle, and the Christian Science Monitor–all the while remaining a Marine Artist in the making. His inspiration at an early age was none other than the master watercolorist Carl Evers, whose book The Marine Painting of Carl Evers started Russ on his chosen path.
By 2002 he was pursuing his Marine Art career full time. His vibrant, action-packed renditions of classic yachting wowed collectors right from the start. They were quickly acknowledged by the experts when he received an Award of Excellence and two Yachting Awards at the prestigious Mystic International Maritime Exhibitions.
Since then, Russ’ marine paintings have also been featured prominently in Yachting, Wooden Boat, Sail and Italy’s leading yachting magazine Yacht Design. His own design of a classic motor yacht“The Kramer55” was spotlighted by Yachting magazine and is scheduled to begin construction in the near future. He has participated in many offshore passages from Newport to Jamaica, and the well- known St. Petersburg to Havana Race. The New York Times best-selling author Ted Bell sought him out and commissioned him to create original paintings for two of his best-selling books “Nick of Time”and “The Time Pirates.” His fellow artists already think so highly of his contributions to the field that in 2010 he was elected to serve as President of the American Society of Marine Artists.
To create his complex compositions Russ combines old fashioned drawing skills– posing actual people dressed in period costume– with photography and special computer programs to arrive at just the right combination of realism and atmosphere to incorporate into his canvases. His unique vision creates first-hand experiences for the viewer, putting you right on board during some of history’sgreatest yacht races. He’s also completed many paintings of individual yachts on commission fromclassic Watch Hill “15’s” and “J24’s,” to one of a kind 52’ Schooners, and a 135’ Jongert designedketch. Regardless of subject matter, a sense of the dramatic moment, combined with meticulous research and attention to detail have helped his work find an enthusiastic audience among sailors and connoisseurs of fine painting.
Reservations are suggested.