Artist Don Scafidi on his Wooden Ketch
DON SCAFIDI is a World War II veteran, retired Naval Reserve Officer and has been involved with ships and the sea all of his life. His enduring affair with 'all things marine' is reflected not only in his artwork, but also in his long career in the marine industry. After graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1949, he sailed for many years in all types of marine vessels.
During his maritime career he owned and operated bulk carriers, tankers and ocean going tugs and barges. For a time he served as Maritime Attache to the United States Embassies in Rome and Athens, covering the Mediterannean and the Middle East. He was U.S. Delegate to Nato.
For the last thirty years, he has been a consultant and expert witness in marine injury litigations. His vast world travels have accommodated his passion for art, enabling him to visit museums and galleries all over the world.
He has been commissioned by several maritime museums, and his works hang on many museum walls, including the Battleship Alabama, Galveston Maritime museum, Biloxi Seafood Museum, New York Fire Musem and many more. We can visit these museums to see the Original paintings. He was the 'show' artist for the now huge Mandeville Wooden Boat Festival in Louisiana from it's inception for eight years until he left to go sailing.
DURING the late 90's Scafidi spent three years cruising the Caribbean with his family aboard his wooden ketch "BLEW MAX." He set up his easel right onboard and had a great time painting his way up and down the islands. He raced in the '98 and 99' Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and had a sell out show of his '99 Antigua Classic Scenes.'
The cruising community, called 'yachties,' soon discovered their very own 'floating artist.' It's not surprising that yacht portraits by Don Scafidi adorn many cruisers' bulkheads.
The family dropped anchor in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in 1999. He worked from a more traditional studio overlooking Christiansted Harbor.
DON SCAFIDI was a welcome and active member of a large artist community on St. Croix. He is well known for his donations to various institutions there--including Country Day School, Good Hope School and sailing schools as well as the St. Croix Yacht Club. His works hang in many 'Cruzan' homes and offices.
DON SCAFIDI enjoys sailing every chance he gets. His knowledge of ships, sailing, talent and again, 'all things marine' have served him well as an artist. His paintings are owned by collectors and maritime enthusiasts worldwide. He now makes his home and art studio on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In 2002, Don Scafidi donated the painting 'We Will Not Fail- A Tribute to American Spirit to the New York Fire Museum. He had been offered a great sum for the painting by a private collector, but Scafidi felt that it belonged to all the people.
The Artist had print's made and donated most of the prints and proceeds to firefighters and Firehouses in New York and across the country. Scafidi was acknowledged for his donations by the President, Mayor Giuliani and numerous other dignitaries who wrote to thank him for his contributions.
Don Scafidi has issued another series of We Will not Fail Prints for the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Tragedy.
DON SCAFIDI - MARINE ARTIST
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