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Artist’s sketchbook: Departure

From July 29 to Aug. 15, 2013, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the Coast Guard’s largest ice breaker and research vessel deployed to the Arctic Ocean under Capt. John Reeves with 44 scientists aboard. Under the aegis of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Healy scientists probed the water column and ocean floor in order to establish a basic understanding of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem.


Artist’s sketchbook: Bringing ice to an ice breaker

As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby. This week’s sketchbook takes you inside Healy’s nerve center and even lets you off the polar ice breaker to get core samples and to harvest the ice.

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Artist’s sketchbook: Who’s who

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are currently supporting scientific research in the dynamic waters of the north on their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. So far you’ve seen what it takes to get underway, the ship’s routine and even the Board of Lies. For this edition of the sketchbook, we’re sharing the faces behind the mission.

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Artist’s sketchbook: Board of lies

Last week we shared the simple moments aboard Healy as crew and scientists alike settled into routine. This week “Artist’s sketchbook” continues with a peek into life in the ship’s engine control room and the deployment of “The Rosette.”

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Artist’s sketchbook: Welcome aboard

As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby. Follow along with the crew in our series “Artist’s sketchbook” to glimpse daily life aboard Healy, from scientists and cooks to the bridge and engine room.

MERIDEN, N.H. Coast Guard artist and Auxiliarist Chris Demarest sits in his home studio while working on a painting from his deployment to the North Arabian Gulf, off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The painting depicts Coast Guard gunners conducting target practice on a 25 mm canon. (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Third Class Etta Smith)

Coast Guard artist honors WWII vets

Coast Guard artist Chris Demarest has serious talent and has used his skills to share the service and sacrifice of service members with countless Americans.

100 Faces of War: DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

100 names. 100 faces. 100 Americans who fought for freedom. So began Matt Mitchell’s journey to paint a portrait of 100 Americans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. From the commander of a rifle company to an Army cavalry scout, […]

Chris Demarest

Through the eyes of an artist

Despite our world becoming increasingly more digital, art continues to tell the story of the service’s missions and heroes. For the past 30 years, the Coast Guard Art Program has employed art to capture our service’s history and culture. One […]

Capturing the Coast Guard on canvas

Throughout history, art – in its many forms – has been a common element in communicating military history. From cave paintings of organized hunts to John Ford filming the Battle of Midway to the many beautiful portraits of naval warships […]

Celebrating 30 years of Coast Guard art

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Coast Guard Art Program. Co-founded by esteemed military artist George Gray in 1981, COGAP and the more than 1,800 works of fine art in its collection are a testament to the rich […]

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