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<p><b>SHANE MICHAEL COUCH (British, born 1963)</b></p>

SHANE MICHAEL COUCH (British, born 1963)

SHANE MICHAEL COUCH (British, born 1963)
 
Shane Michael Couch was born in Lancashire near Liverpool, England, in 1963. He inherited a deep love of the sea from his father, whose Cornish roots went back many hundreds of years.
 
Couch is now one of the world’s foremost specialist painters of America’s Cup yachts and similar vessels and is also a leading painter of naval and historical ships and subjects. 
 
Drawing in part on his engineering background the artist researches his subjects in the greatest detail, building models of the vessels and drawing their plans from scratch. Clients who commission him often receive a framed copy of these plans along with their finished painting. 

After school Shane Michael Couch pursued a career as an aeronautical engineer for fourteen years but was drawn to the sea in any spare time, describing its effect as “an almost hypnotic obsession.”

Having painted for some years in his spare time and having begun to sell his work, Shane began to show in local galleries and in Cowes and in June 1994 set himself up as a professional “Yachting and Historic Marine artist”.

This is all the more remarkable as Shane is entirely self-taught, never having had a formal art lesson.

In 1996 he moved to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the world famous centre of yachting, where I met his wife Kathryn. Shane Michael Couch says “Living and working on the Isle of Wight surrounded by the sea I am inspired where ever I go.”

Commissions followed almost at once; an early client, in 1997, was the German yachting historian Dr Christin Lammerting who commissioned Couch to paint the German Kaiser’s yachts, the 5 Meteors racing together, for her book “Meteor”.
 
In 2000 Shane Michael Couch was commissioned to produce a series of large paintings to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the America’s Cup. These paintings were exhibited at the Jubilee celebration at Cowes.
 
Today Couch’s work is in numerous private collections all over the world and especially well represented in the United States and Great Britain.
 
To commission Shane Michael Couch, contact Charles Mayes – cm@marineartists.co.uk