Abandoning teaching, Renard became a professional portrait artist, taking lessons in ink drawing and becoming a freelance illustrator of children’s comics.
Renard purchased a boat in 1981 and taught himself to sail, painting ships as a hobby. These works quickly became very popular with marine art enthusiasts. Since then, he has concentrated on yachting subjects, following in the footsteps of Steven Dews.
In addition, he was asked to work for the Royal Thames Yacht Club. For his first commission, he produced a painting of the Spithead Review, honouring the birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Stephen Renard is presently regarded as one of the world’s leading painters of yachting subjects and is widely acknowledged as one of the most rapidly rising commercial successes in this field. His painstakingly accurate oils continue to be in constant demand from collectors.
Works by this artist…
The Schooner 'Westward' racing offshore against the 'Britannia' 1928( ref : 15351 )
The 'Britannia' racing the 'Lulworth', late 1920s( ref : 15558 )
Sea Spray( ref : 15546 )
Clipper 'Thermopylae' leaving Fuchow at Dawn( ref : 15162 )