Most originals shown in this collection are not available for purchase; however, several sizes of Iris prints and giclees are available for these images. Note cards are available also. Please inquire on the contact page if interested. Click on each image to reveal paintings in that category.
Curt's love of boats is apparent in both the business Curt established and in his artwork. He painted many boats, from small dinghies to ships with many masts. Curt established "Whiticar Boat Works" building boats for clients all over the world. Frequently, when a boat had been built at Whiticar Boat Works ,Curt would present the new owner with a painting he had made of the boat.
Curt’s knowledge of animals and nature is featured in many of his paintings. He especially liked to portray the grace and beauty of area birds in his art. Frequently, when he would mimic the call of a bird, he would get a return call back from the bird. He named one of the branches of his company "Shearwater" after those long-winged ocean birds.
Another interest of Curt’s was history, especially local history. He lived in Stuart, Florida for 100 years, and his book “Whiticar Waterway Tales” is a personal narrative reflecting his life during this time. He was an avid reader of historic magazines, articles and books. Several of his historic paintings are on display at the local museums: The Stuart Heritage Museum, The Elliott Museum, and the House of Refuge Museum.
Curt’s life revolved around the ocean. He, his father, and his two brothers were commercial and charter boat captains. He built boats that he designed to handle the rough ocean waters. On his “day off”, he frequently loaded his family into a boat and went fishing and swimming. He had a vast knowledge of the ocean and the animals that lived in and around the ocean and surrounding rivers.
Curt’s love of nature is shown in his Florida inland scenes. The beauty of the trees and rivers is reflected in a variety of colors and landscapes. He also features a variety of animals, especially birds in his paintings. Although he always lived near the ocean, he enjoyed traveling. And, he read National Geographic Magazine and frequently used pictures from the magazine for ideas for his paintings.
Whiticar Waterway Tales: At the age of 95, after being persuaded by local historian, Sandy Thurlow, Curt sat down to write out some of his experiences. Seventy five handwritten pages later, he was finished with the future book “Whiticar Waterway Tales”. He was convinced that no one except his three children and Sandy Thurlow would read it, and asked for 4 copies. After about six months, the book had become a 100 page narrative book with illustrations and pictures. Two thousand copies were printed, and about 200 copies are still available. Contact Laura Kay to order a book.