Lew Thatcher Artist

Lew creates fine art in Vail, Colorado, and on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Over 40 years of sailing and exploring the waters, marshes, and harbors of the Chesapeake have provided him a vast wealth of maritime subjects.

Reasoning that art is a form of graphic communication, Lew paints in the realist genre. His work is detailed, focused, and believable. Influencers have included living masters Daniel E. Green, Scott Christensen, Alan Flattman, and others. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters’ Association and the American Society of Marine Artists. Gallery representation is by On-The-Hill Gallery and Yorktown Hall Gallery, both in Yorktown, VA, and Vail Valley Art Guild Gallery in Eagle, CO.

Commissions accepted for land and seascapes, yachts, homes, marine memorabilia, seafaring pets, and indoor murals. Contact Lew to discuss your ideas for an original oil painting:

(804) 436-1606



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"Don't Sailboats Always Have Right-Of-Way?"10x20 oil$495
"Flying Spinnakers"15x30 oil$1,095
"Tangier Island Skiff"8x10 oil$200
"Workday's End"12x24 oilsold
"Anchored In Antipoison Creek"8x10 oil$200
"Ready To Hunt"16x20 oil pastel$795
"Flaps Down, Wheels Down"10x14 oil$350
"Juggernaut"12x16 oilsold
"Dock House, Chesapeake Bay12x24 oil$695
"Abandoned Workboats On Jarvis Creek"12x16 oil$475
"Menhaden Fishing Ship8x10 oil$195
"Blustery Day On The Bay"10x20 oil$495
"Duck Blind6x8 oil$150
"Twilight On Spa Creek, Annapolis"12x16 oil$475
"Deltaville Yachting Center"12x24 oilsold
"Urbanna Creek Autumn"8x16 oil$325

"Sailing Away"

11x14 oil



"January At 4Eagle Ranch"12x16 oil$475
"Desert Schoolhouse"14x18 oil pastel$595
"The Arrabelle, Vail, CO"16x20 oil$795
"Eagle Over The Eagle River"12x16 oilsold
"Elk Mine"16x20 oil$795
"Phippsburg Mesa"16x20 oil$795
"Autumn At The Ranch"12x16 oilsold
""Eagle River Trestle"11x14 oil$350
"Eagle River Angler"11x14 oil$350
"Wolcott Yacht Club"11x14 oilsold
"Vail Lights10x20 oil$495
"Spring At 4Eagle Ranch"16x20 oil$795
"Snowy Eagle River and Minturn Mile"11x14 oil$350


To purchase a painting from this site, or to commission an original oil painting, contact Lew at (804) 436-1606 or lewthatcher@yahoo.com.

Custom oil paintings created from your ideas, photographs, or memorabilia cost $2.50 per square inch unframed. Shipping costs are extra and are based on your address within the continental United States. Framing service is available at very reasonable prices.

Call today to discuss your ideas for a custom-painted lifetime memento.