Lew Thatcher paints in the realist genre. His art is detailed, focused and believable. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes and harbors of Chesapeake Bay have provided him with a vast wealth of maritime subjects. A solo exhibition of Lew’s extraordinary works will be on display in the Gallery October 7-31.
I have worked in business management for my entire career. However I developed an appreciation for art during my college years. I enjoyed sketching for relaxation and decided to pursue my interest in art as a hobby in retirement. This led me to the Portsmouth Fine Arts Institute and a semester of instruction with Robert Burnell. He taught me the basics of watercolor painting, for which I will always be grateful.
I have read many self-teaching books on the subject, and I have also studied the work of other watercolor artists. Doing this has helped me develop my own style. I love the water, and have great respect for the men who work the water. I love the history and natural beauty surrounding the Chesapeake Bay area and other areas I have traveled. I hope you see this reflected in my art work.
Michael S. Kravchak