The Charles Vickery Collection

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1913-1998     The Man and His Work

Charles Vickery, a lifelong passion for the sea

"All the colors of water come from the sky because every color of the sky is reflected in that water. And the sky has all the colors of the rainbow in it." "I became interested in seascapes right out of high school. I would haunt the galleries, marvel at the success of the pros - Frederick Waugh, Montague Dawson." "Many of the 19th century artists were a little too stiff. No sense of water. I don't know what marked the beginning of reality...maybe Winslow Homer." "You have to greet the sea with love, and it will give it back to you."

In his lifetime, Charles Vickery saw his works grace the walls of galleries, embassies and private residences. He was praised by art critics, interviewed by the media, and called one of the best living painters of the sea.

Interviewer: "Mr. Vickery, what is your best painting?"
Vickery: (smiling) "I haven't painted it yet."

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