You enter boating culture when you visit the year round gallery of Steve Andrus. His watercolors speak to his love of the water and sailing. Feastyour eyes on paintings of sailboats at sea and small town dock and harbor scenes.  

Located on the waterfront in downtown Manteo, Andrus’ gallery is in the heart of water country. The town has a rich history of boatbuilding and watermen. Andrus’ handsome paintings capture, through a variety of vessels, the spirit of the adventurous artist, sportsman and working seaman. 

Andrus paints onsite in his gallery studio, allowing visitors a personal glimpse into his creativity and productivity.  He is happy to describe his work style to visitors. The gallery is beautifully laid out and not overcrowded. Guests are able to view an intimate body of work without feeling overloaded.

Andrus, a longtime sailor and mountaineer, also has been involved with Taos Search and Rescue when he was living out west. He has sailed from Maine to the Caribbean on the open ocean and through the Intracoastal Waterway.  Sometimes seas were high, other times they were slick calm.

His memories merge with knowledge and a beautiful palette to create his watercolor paintings.  Andrus is a master draftsman. He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree and is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists. He usually is onsite from noon to 4:30 p.m. Call ahead to make sure he is available.