Gicleé, 2017, 11 ¾” x 15 ½”
Framing by the Noble Maritime Collection
Robert Semler studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and spent 28 years working in the fields of illustration and publishing before making the decision in 1992 to paint full time. He works in oil and is well-known for his marine art and commissioned portraits. Semler’s work for the United States Coast Guard Art Program includes eight paintings now in the permanent Coast Guard collection. A member of the SS United States Conservancy, an organization devoted to preserving and restoring the ship, Semler is chronicling the story of her last days as an American luxury liner. A signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Semler served as its president, vice-president, and was a longtime member of its Board of Directors. His works have appeared in several books devoted to marine art, including Painting Ships, Shores and the Sea, by Rachel Rubin Wolf; 1997; A Gallery of Marine Art, by Jerry McClish, 1998; Bound For Blue Water by J. Russell Jinishian, 2003; and SS United States, the Fastest Ship in the World by Frank Braynard and Robert Hudson Westover, 2002.