The America II
is a precise replica of the schooner America, which holds
one of the most thrilling stories in yachting history
for representing this country in the Great Exhibition
of 1851 and winning against all odds ahead of 14 schooners
and cutters from The Royal Yacht Squadron of England.
The cup went to the USA and has been known as the America's
Cup ever since.
Pilinuro is a steel barkentine boat, originally
sailed under the French flag and now owned by the Italian
navy and used for training. I chose this particular boat
for her shape and hull details, which gave the overall
nautical print a different, more dramatic quality. She
is also a centerpiece and border detail for one of the
nautical pillow prints.
When and If, a boat I have personally sailed on
many times, is so named after George S. Patton commissioned
the 63-foot schooner in 1939. "When the next war
is over, and if I live through it, Bea and I are going
to sail her around the world," he said.
Shenandoah is the icon of Vineyard Haven Harbor.
Modeled after the revenue cutter Joe Lane (originally
built in 1849), The Shenandoah was built for Bob Douglas
in 1964. The boat is a top sail schooner without an engine
that sails under the American flag. I featured her as
one of the pillow centerpieces in both her black and white
catboat is a favorite style of boat often seen
sailing from the Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod with
a history that dates from before 1850. Originally, its
prime purpose was for fishing; now it is mainly used for
pleasure and racing; it's recognized as one of the true
American boats. My attraction to catboats as graphic elements
is the shape of their sails, which I used as a pillow