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Mike Mazer

Artist Statement

Since retiring in 1997 from a very fulfilling 36-year career as simultaneous Chiefs of Cardiology and Nephrology at several greater Boston-area hospitals, a prior National Institute of Health Junior Fellowship in Gastroenterology and a LCDR, U.S. Navy retired, (volunteering for active duty and then the ready reserves during the Vietnam War), Mike has been painting professionally since 1993 having drawn and painted extensively as a child. Knowing he wanted to become an artist, he still has his portfolio with work he did early on, preschool and thereafter..

Being a maritime artist primarily along the New England Coast, he has exhibited with the American Society of Marine Artists in their 12th, 13th ,15th  and 17th National Exhibitions, the 11-14th, 16th, 17, 19th , 20th   and 23rd Annual Maritime Exhibitions held at the Coos Art Museum in Oregon, as well as the Mystic International Maritime Exhibition, the Copley Society of Art (Boston) National juried Marine Exhibition “Atlantic and Beyond” and a number of exhibitions with the International Society of Marine Painters. Mike has exhibited with the National Watercolor Society and in other national and international exhibitions where over 500 of his representational maritime works have been juried garnering him over 110 major awards. Mike is an elected and/or signature member of 37 national art societies. These memberships include; American Society of Marine Artists; Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society; Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Texas Watercolor Society’s Purple Sage Brush Society; The Salmagundi Club and Fellow, Maxima Cum Laude, in the American Artists Professional League. Mike was recently notified (May, 2017) that he was now unanimously approved by the National Board of Directors of the American Artists Professional League as the first Signature Member elected in many decades, and the eighth Signature Member in the AAPL’s 86 year existence, with a membership currently over 600.  In 2013, The Cape Cod Art Association established a Master Artist category, and Mike was among the first to be elected to that status.  He is a designated artist with the United States Coast Guard where many of his pieces are in their permanent collection in Washington DC.

While serving two terms as President of the New England Watercolor Society, Mike established the Society’s first home Gallery since the Society’s inception in 1885 in the Emmanuel Church on Newbury St. in Boston. He was Educational Program Director for 10 years for the Canton Art Association in Canton Mass.

Mike’s recently commissioned painting for the US Coast Guard commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War is currently exhibiting at the US Coast Guard Museum at the USCG Academy in New London, CT, and will be traveling the country during the ten-year commemoration, then remain in the permanent collection of the USCG Museum in Washington DC.  His image of the “New Bedford Whaleman Statue”, was reproduced for the cover of the book “A Bold and Hardy Race of Men: The Lives and Literature of American Whaleman, by Jennifer Schell, published by University of Mass Press in August 2013.  Two of his paintings are included in Splash 10, (2008) and a piece in Splash 9, (2006) both published by North Light Books which reflect the works of 100 of the top contemporary watercolorists in America. Mike’s work is also represented in the book “The Artistic Touch 6” (2014), The Artistic Touch 5, (2012), and “The Artistic Touch 4(2010), representing 120 of the best artists in America.  He had been invited by North Light Publications to write a book on realistic watercolor painting, pending publication.

He has exhibited in 50 different Museums across the country including invitational solo shows locally at the New Bedford Art Museum and   the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Mass. Two of Mike’s paintings were selected from a private collection in Washington D.C. by the curator of the Zeeland Maritime MuZEEum for an international exhibition in Vlissingen, Holland in 2009 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s European founding of New York (New Amsterdam).  He has ten works on permanent exhibition at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Mike’s work is in many public, private, corporate and museum collections throughout the United States.

Click here for Mike's Complete resume including all awards and shows he has been in


Academic Artists Association, Elected Member

Allied Artists of America, Inc., Elected Member

American Artists Professional League, Inc., Elected Signature Member

American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member

Audubon Artists, Inc., Artist Member

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Artist Member

Coast Guard Artist Program (COGAP), Artist Member

Eastern Washington Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Georgia Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Hudson Valley Art Association, Elected Artist Member

International Society of Marine Painters, Professional Artist Member

International Guild of Realism, Elected Member

Louisiana Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Kentucky Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Montana Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Mississippi Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Missouri Watercolor Society, Signature Member

National Society of Artists, Signature Member

North East Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Oklahoma Watermedia Association, Signature Member

Paint America Association, Signature Member

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Red River Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Signature Member

The Salmagundi Club, NYC, Elected Artist Member

San Diego Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Society of Watercolor Artists, Signature Member

Southwestern Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Taos National Society of Watercolorists, Signature Member

Texas Watercolor Society, Signature Member,Purple Sage Brush Society

Transparent Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Watercolor U.S.A., Honor Society

Watercolor Art Society - Houston (WAS-H), Signature Member

Watercolor Society of Alabama, Signature Member

Western Colorado Watercolor Society, Signature Member



Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA

Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN

Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT

Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

Channel Islands Maritime Museum (formerly Ventura County Maritime Museum), Oxnard, CA

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA

A.R. Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, CO

Bigfork Art Museum and Cultural Center, MT

Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, Delray Beach, FL

Coutts Art Museum, El Dorado, KS

Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM

Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

Guntersville Museum, Guntersville, AL

Herreshoff Museum, Bristol, RI

Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn, AL

Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI

Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME

Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM

Minnesota Museum of Marine Art,Winona, MN

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford MA

Omniplex Science Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA

Plains Art Museum, North Fargo, ND

Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, TX

RW Norton Art Museum, Shreveport, LA

Saco Museum, Saco, ME

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM

Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, TX

The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

Van Vechten-Lineberry Art Museum, Taos, NM

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL

Zeeuws Maritime MuZEEum, Vlissingen, Holland

Winston Churchill Memorial & Library Museum, MO



Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

Commonwealth of Mass, Department of Environmental Protection, Lakeville, MA

Marion Art Center, Marion, MA

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA

Town of Mattapoisett, Harbormaster's Office

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

Tabor Academy, Marion, MA

The City of New Bedford, Free Public Library, New Bedford, MA

United States Coast Guard, Washington, D. C.

Mattapoisett Historical Society and Museum, Mattapoisett,MA



"A Bold and Hardy Race of Men: The Lives and Literature of American Whalemen", by Jennifer Shell, cover image, 2013

Artistic Touch 6, Creative Arts Press, 2014

Artistic Touch 5, Creative Art Press with North Light Books, 2012

Artistic Touch 4, Creative Arts Press, 2010

Cape Cod Life Magazine, May 2009; Creative Hands and Minds

Home Gallery Magazine ( COASTAL Life-Southeastern Mass and Rhode Island), Volume 4, Issue 10, 2008

SPLASH 10, Best in Watercolor- Passionate Brushstrokes, North Light Books, F&W Publications, Inc, 2008

SPLASH 9, Best in Watercolor- Watercolor Secrets North Light Books, F&W Publications, Inc., 2006

Contemporary American Marine Art, 2002, 2004, 2011

Plymouth Savings Bank's Calendar, 2003 representing work from Museums and Art Centers

Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare

Marquis Who's Who in American Art

Marquis Who's Who in America

Marquis Who's Who in the World

Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering



Mike is a self-taught artist, with additional classical training for many years under Ray Doyle and has also studied under Betty Lou Schlemm, Charles Reid, Robert Wade and in oil under John Stobart, Joseph McGurl and Dimetrius Athas.



New Bedford Whaling Museum
Mike Mazer, Waterfront Works
Whaling Museum blog

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts
Mike Mazer, Maritime Paintings of the South Coast

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Mike Mazer Paints New Bedford and Other Scenes from the South Coast


Marquis’ Who’s Who publishers honored Mike with their ‘Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award’ in his chosen fields of Art, Medicine and Science.

Oct 16, 2017
Sippican Week, Mattapoisett artist scoops national award, recognition

Sippican Week, Mattapoisett man unlocks artistic talent after career in medicine

South Coast Artist, Mike Mazer exhibits nationally

Press Register,  AL.com, Mobile, Alabama
American Society of Marine Artists reveals the irresistible, savage beauty of the sea

Mobile Museum of Art Magazine
The American Society of Marine Art 15th National Exhibition

Upstream People Gallery International On-line Exhibit -comments from juror

The Taos News
The Color of Versatility

U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 220th Anniversary

Whaling Museum blog
New Exhibit, Mike Mazer: Waterfront Works

The Standard Times
Whaling Museum Accepts Donation

May 2009
Cape Cod Life Magazine
From Physician to Artist

The Standard Times
Mike Mazer Gains Acclaim, Exposure

Spring, 2008
Home Gallery
A Marine Perspective

Artist Wins National Recognition

The Standard Times
Watercolor exhibit will delight, intrigue and impress

The Sentinel
A Brush With First Love

The Sharon Advocate
Dr. Mazer Makes Watercolors Bloom

Gallery Representation

Rogers Gallery, Mattapoisett, MA