Maritime artist Steve Mayo presents talk about the history of Captain Vancouver’s ships

Noted Pacific Northwest maritime artist Steve Mayo will discuss “Capt. Vancouver’s H.M.S. Discovery Re-Imagined: Creating an Accurate Historical Painting,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Western Washington University’s Western Libraries Special Collections, sixth floor of Wilson Library.

Mayo will describe new research behind his latest watercolor painting of Capt. George Vancouver’s vessels H.M.S. Discovery and H.M.S. Chatham. With the help of recent research on the appearance of Vancouver’s flagship, H.M.S. Discovery, Mayo created a painting of the two vessels becalmed in Rosario Strait. The painting received a first-place award at the Mystic Seaport International Marine Art Exhibition in 2012.

A special exhibit of Mayo’s historical watercolors illustrating the voyages of Vancouver, James Cook and Robert Gray to the Northwest in the late 18th century will be on display in Western Libraries Special Collections from Jan. 20 through the end of March.

His presentation is co-sponsored by Western’s Art Department. For more information on Mayo’s presentation or his exhibit, contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, at 360-650-3193 or Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu.