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Michael Woodard is a self-taught marine artist who creates contemporary marine scenes from his own nautical experience.  He developed an interest in boats as a teenager through his active participation in a Sea Scout program in the San Francisco Bay area.  Michael is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.  The artist served as a crew member aboard several of the vessels pictured on this site, including serving as the Assistant Engineer aboard the Liberty Star from 1982 to 1985.  He is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the International Society of Marine Painters.  Michael and his wife, Sally, are residents of Tallahassee, Florida.  His work has been on display at the following locations:


  • U. S. Merchant Marine Academy - Kings Point, NY
  • Tampa Port Authority
  • Tampa Bay Pilots Association
  • Florida Department of Transportation - Tampa, FL 
  • City Hall - Tallahassee, FL
  • The Arts Center - St. Petersburg, FL
  • The Gadsden Arts Center - Quincy, FL
  • The LeMoyne Gallery - Tallahassee, FL
  • Renaissance Vinoy Resort Hotel - St. Petersburg, FL
  • The Challenger Learning Center - Tallahassee, FL
  • SunTrust Bank - Tallahassee, FL
  • First Community Bank - St. Petersburg, FL




Artist’s Statement


The marine environment with its watercraft, clouds, birds, and even the calm reflections in a harbor are in constant motion.  I am fascinated by the way that boats and ships move through the water, and the challenge of accurately rendering them.  I am enthralled by the splendor of the sky, with its infinite combinations of majestic cloud formations.  I enjoy depicting the beauty of light reflected off the water, and the subtleties on the water at dusk and at dawn.  My goal as a marine artist is to convincingly portray boats and ships, and the water through which they travel in all of its moods.



Group Exhibitions


2007 - Creative Tallahassee (1st Place)
2008 - 20th Art in Gadsden
2009 - Creative Tallahassee
2011 to 2013 - 15th National ASMA Exhibition
2013 - ASMA South Regional Exhibition