boat portraits and scenic ship action paintings

Ship And Boat Paintings

Shop for boat portraits and ship paintings, canvas and art prints direct from artist studio online below or in person at Koehler Art Studio Gallery. Included in this gallery are watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings of The Bluenose, sailboats, racing yachts, row boats, dories, fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, woody lake cruiser, scull and personal watercraft by artist


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painting of sailboat in rough seas
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Sailing Souls
moored sailboats at dawn
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Sailboats At Dawn
painting of British sailing yacht, StormMeister
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portrait of a woody lake cruiser motor boat
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Muskoka Woody
Sailboat Painting
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Summer Sailing
Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia
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Reason To Believe
explorers in a canoe on white water river
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The Explorers
two men paddling canoe in white water
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White Water
laser sailboat in rough seas
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Catch The Wind
kayaker in white water river
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Eskimo Rolls
whitewater kayaking
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Taming Of The Chute
painting of whitewater kayaking
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River Rocket
kayak action painting
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Kayak Crush
Kayaking Painting
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River Rush
scull painting
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Henley On The Horizon
white water rafting painting
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Rollin' On The River
painting of jet ski personal watercraft
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Jet Blue

Affordable Art

With art prints, posters, art cards, acrylic prints and canvas prints available in many sizes framed or unframed, you can decorate your home, cottage, sports bar, sports facility, sports injuries clinic or commercial sports center with this unique artwork at a price to suit every budget.

Inquire about the availability of an original painting, a price for ordering a painting of a favorite boat, ship or racing yacht action scene in your personal photograph collection or the commission of a vessel painting for your fundraising project. From your favorite vacation fishing boat to your magnificent luxury yacht, your painting will be painted personally and with sensitivity by artist Hanne Lore Koehler. Satisfaction guaranteed. We deliver worldwide. International clients welcome!


My love for action and fascination with capturing a flash of movement in this motionless art form should be evident in my ship and boat paintings. I am excited to capture the wave action of a stormy sea and artistic sunset through turbulent stormclouds in the background of a magnificent sailing vessel with wind-raised spinnaker and glistening bow. I am delighted to paint the wood grain and nautical details of a vintage woody cruiser motor boat amid the sparkle of sunshine on a pristine lake in happy vacation atmosphere. I am thrilled to capture the calm serene silence of a misty sunrise on a string of fishing dories tied to a dock in a sleepy Atlantic cove. I am elated to capture the exciting whitewater action and intense concentration of a kayaker shooting the rapids through a natural channel bound by enormous boulders in a forest setting. I try to express the emotions I feel in my paintings - freedom, anticipation, hope - with my own style and techniques. This work for me is exhilarating, unrestricted, satisfying.

Step 1:
When composing an action painting or portrait, I usually use a number of different photos as reference, combining elements that I like from each to create the composition that I'm looking for - the action from one photo, the facial expression from another, the lighting effect from a third, etc. Using today's technology makes planning a layout of a composition fun. I try different arrangements and combinations until I reach a desired effect and I catch myself smiling.

Step 2:
To be clear, I only use photographs as reference material for my original paintings, often producing detailed pencil drawings on the canvas before I paint. My ship and boat paintings and action yacht portraits are hand-painted original paintings done by looking at a photograph of the subject as if the subject were posing frozen in time in my studio. They are NOT painted over top of a mechanically reproduced photograph.

Step 3:
After sketching a detailed drawing in pencil of the subject on my watercolor canvas so that I know what areas of the composition to leave white (since, true to traditional watercolor techniques, I never use white paint), I begin by painting the subject, usually in quite a bit of detail in some areas. To portray movement or speed, I let some of the paint pigment run into a wet background in the opposite direction of the action in a sort of controled abandon. Finally, I paint an impressionistic background by splashing colors and water onto the wet paper canvas to add life and excitement to the piece.