A work of art

Wolfhound will carry marine artist steven dews and his wife home to new Zealand. david Glenn went aboard

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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.

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