For over forty years, Gary Miltimore has explored the evolution of the offshore racing yacht through his paintings and extensive racing experience. The artist is well qualified to illustrate the dramatic evolution of blue water racing. His sailing career includes crew positions aboard many of the world's premiere offshore racing yachts, from majestic pre-WW II schooners to today's high performance " turbo-charged " sleds.


Although he is perhaps best known along the waterfront as the creator of wild hull graphics and vibrant name lettering on yacht transoms, Miltimore has also enjoyed a somewhat lesser known career as a yacht portraitist. Usually working on direct commission from yacht owners, his works are in the collections of industrialists and developers, yacht builders, owners and crew alike, all longtime sailing friends and players in the exclusive game of offshore racing who appreciate the realistic action and color portrayed in a Miltimore painting.


The work illustrates the artist's unique relationship with the boats he paints. A California native, Miltimore grew up spending summers on Catalina Island where he spent his days on the water and acquired his love for the endlessly fascinating shapes of the boats that surrounded him. His paintings include his impressions of classic yachts such as Puritan and Goodwill that were often seen anchored off Avalon and the Casino in the 1950's.


In his teens, Miltimore started racing in local events and by 1972 had become a part of the intense world of the offshore racing circuit sailing aboard such famous racers as Kialoa II and III, Baruna, Sirius II, Blackfin, Windward Passage, Cheetah, Ragtime and Merlin. Miltimore chalked up thousands of bluewater miles including six Transpacs, two Transatlantic races, the Newport to Bermuda Classic, Florida's Southern Ocean Racing Conference, Hawaii's Clipper Cup and the China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Manila, among others. His Yacht paintings are widely recognized as the product of an artist who knows his subject well.