A work of art
Wolfhound will carry marine artist steven dews and his wife home to new Zealand. david Glenn went aboard
Recognised as one of the world’s leading marine artists, whose subjects range from the Battle of Trafalgar to the modern day J Class and America’s Cup, Steven Dews recently launched his own yacht, revealing a penchant for the schooner rig, timber construction and, like his paintings, meticulous attention to detail.
Wolfhound is a 64ft wood epoxy, long-distance cruiser designed for two. Although Dews and his wife, Louise, knew exactly what they wanted when they decided to build a new yacht eight years ago, progress has been dictated by his ability to produce paintings to fund the project.
As Dews says: “I paint to sail and sail to paint.” He produces eight or nine works a year, although one large canvas could take three months. A painting of HMS
Victory breaking the enemy line at the Battle of Trafalgar was sold recently by Bonhams for more than £169,000.