When a child has a father and grandfather who are both well known illustrators, it is likely the offspring will also become an artist. And when a boy starts to sail at the age of six, it is also likely that the artist might choose the sea and sailing ships as his subject. Such was the case for Christopher Blossom, who, by the time he left the Parsons School of Design and Robert Bourke's Design Studio, could visualize a finished boat from only its plans-and draw the craft from any angle. Before Blossom was twenty, he had sailed under square rig aboard the brigantine Young America. Known for his complex, detailed compositions of ships at sea, Blossom combines his appreciation for the beauty and the menace of the sea with his love of maritime history and ship construction. Before Blossom paints a vessel, he is likely to study the ship's blueprint to learn about it hull design, length, tonnage and deck layout. Blossom's historically accurate ships and harbors are combined with color, light and composition to capture the mood of a voyage and convey the essence of the seafaring experience.
At the age of twenty, he won a Gold Medal at the Society of Illustrators Scholarship Exhibition. His dual vocation of experiencing the sea and then painting both nautical history and some of the greatest modern places to sail, was truly launched. Blossom became both a charter member and an artist of the American Society of Marine Artists, serving as its president from 1983 to 1986. His awards include a Gold Medal from the National Academy of Western Art for his painting of ships in Monterey. Saluted as an undisputed master, Blossom has exhibited his art at the Gilcrease Museum, the Colorado Museum of History, the prestigious Prix de West Invitational and the Artists of America show. Blossom continues to achieve artistic honors including the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the 2001 Prix de West.
Almost the only time he isn't painting is when he is sailing, visiting ports of call in Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, the Bahamas, California and Washington state. More recently, he spent a year sailing around the Caribbean with his wife and two sons.
“I have always enjoyed painting the arrival and departure of vessels,” says artist Christopher Blossom.“ Regardless of the excitement or anticipation of the voyage to come, when setting out there is an underlying level of apprehension.The ocean can be unforgiving.With the satisfaction of a successfully completed trip, there is always a feeling of relief mixed with thoughts of homecoming.” The Greenwich Workshop is proud to celebrate Blossom’s homecoming, as he returns to his collectors with his first Fine Art Limited Edition Canvas, Afternoon Arrival, Gloucester.The artist captures a moment in the early 20th century as the fishing schooner Monitor slides quietly into Gloucester, Massachusetts’ inner harbor in the late afternoon.
A trace of salt water is noticeable in the light tropical breeze; time-worn, velvety Caribbean sand gives way
underfoot; the soft intermingling of land and sea the only sound. Christopher Blossom’s passion for the
beauty of the sea keeps him close to his subject and it was while on a working trip in the Bahamas’ Berry
Islands that he found inspiration for Ashore at Soldier’s Cay. “This small uninhabited cay was about 300 yards long by 100 yards wide and probably 10 feet at its highest elevation. Consisting of mostly coral, beach and scrub brush, with the Atlantic to the east and banks (where we were anchored) to the west. I found the essentially deserted landscape intriguing. It seemed like we were the only people on earth.”