"I am knocked sideways,  Excellent work, Just wanted to tell you that."
                                                                  Dylan Winter " Keep Turning Left"


Wow! We got the painting - it came during dinner and we had company over so I could not get right to opening it. As soon as dinner was over though, we opened it and just love it.  Everyone really liked it even our guests from up north who are not sailors.  Thanks so much. We are really happy - and to find a bonus gift attached was so unexpected but very much appreciated.   We like that one too very much.
D Anderson,
Sarasota Florida

The painting arrived as promised, on time and well prtotected during shipping. I was impressed by your sketch in the email, but the finished product was even better than anticipated! We love it, if fact, we love it so much, I am thinking of having another made from a different photo. The portrait is now hanging in my daughters house. .                                                      Thanks again.
John Goss
Mattapoisett, Massachusetts

"The cover of the latest edition of SCA is a very nice boat portrait painted by Joseph Buchanan, an artist and boat lover in Arkansas. Joseph also placed an ad in the magazine offering his services to paint portraits of boats based on photographs. I had this done over the holidays and wanted to share my experience, which was fantastic, with the board. Joseph and I went through a process of discussing our boat (a Rob Roy 23 yawl, "Fiddlestix" ) and what we wanted in the portrait, followed by sketches Joseph prepared and then the final portrait. The end result is a very nice acrylic on canvas portrait of our boat sailing in our home waters - Joseph even went so far not only to put local landmarks I had suggested in the background, but even to depict my wife and I in the cockpit in clothes we typically wear. We are very pleased with the result, which Joseph also matted and framed for us, all at a very reasonable price and delivered about 4 weeks after I first contacted him. He also shared with us some email versions of other portraits he had done (he also works in watercolors) to help us evaluate his work; they were all very nice. Anyone who ever thought they might like a painting of their boat might want to check this out, see the current SCA for details. I'm not affiliated with Joseph other than as a "patron," just wanted to share this with all of you if you liked the current SCA cover and thought you might like to have a version of your boat for yourself - I certainly recommend it, Joseph was a pleasure to work with and the end result is terrific!"
                                                                          Jan, 2008
- Mike Turner
Rob Roy 23, "Fiddlestix"
Mobile Bay, Alabama


"My complements to the artist! I love the watercolor that you painted for me. You have been a delight to work with every step of the way. Keep up the great work!"

- Justin Edwards
Compac 16, "Second Wind"
San Diego, California


 "I am very pleased with the work Joseph  did. He captured the essence, the solitude, of me sailing down the California Coast . He is easy to work with and quick to respond to questions. I felt $250 for the delivered product was very reasonable, and if by chance you don’t like the painting it doesn’t cost you anything. Thank you Joseph, I now have a visual reminder of my coastal cruising."

- Bud Kerner
Potter 19, "Cats Meow"
Valley Springs, California


 Joseph painted a beautiful painting of my West Wight Potter 19, "Lucy".  The painting is magnificent.  I'm hanging it in my office so my clients and staff can enjoy it as well.   Joseph is a gifted artist who is easy to work with so that your painting is just the way you want it to be.  I could not be more pleased.  Phil Nielsen, Saratoga, CA.   


Dear Mr. Buchanan,
The painting arrived a half-hour ago.  Absolutely beautiful.  I love it.  And I complement you on a first-class job all the way---painting, matting, framing, packaging.  The check will be in the morning mail.  I know my son will love it as well.
Jim Neal

I forget the exact wording but there is an old saying that goes something like “A woman’s description of her baby is scathing compared to how a sailor feels about his boat.”  With that sort of sentiment, it seems every sailor would want to commission a painting of their boat.  I recommend Mr. Buchanan to anyone who would consider hiring an artist for such a painting.  He has a wonderful eye for detail and he is extremely talented.  R. D. Henard,  West Fork, Arkansas

Dear Joseph, 

Thank you so very much for the great service you provided along with your beautiful painting (To The Reeds.) I loved this painting the first time I saw it and returned a few times to your website to see if it was still available.  I really appreciate your prompt reply to all my questions and how quickly you mailed the painting to me. I emailed you on the weekend to say that I wanted to buy the painting, you mailed it on Monday morning and it arrived on Wednesday in perfect shape! I was especially surprised and pleased that you would take the time to thoroughly explain some of your painting tips (when I asked you about another one of your paintings) after learning that I recently began to take beginner watercolor lessons. That was very kind of you and I will put your suggestions to use as soon as I am able. You are a great painter and teacher! Thank you again.
Sincerely, Anne Lowey            

On May 29th, I contacted Joseph about including our classic cars in one of his paintings. I requested that we use our hometown's theater from when we were growing up as background. Joseph requested pictures immediately and had a proposed scene to me by June 1st. Less than a week later,  Joseph sent me a picture of the finished product and I had it in my home professionally framed, and ready to hang on June 10th. Joseph's talent is a treasure and a blessing to those who share his work. He completes his work and sends it ready to hang for $250 a painting. As a board member of a small gallery, I can tell you this is exceedingly reasonable for the quality provided. I am so impressed that I plan on being a repeat customer!

C.J. George
Attorney at Law  
Dear Joseph 

Received the painting today, so very proud of it . It is wonderful.  In 1961, I came by train from St Louis from my sisters to home at Elk.  Got in around three a.m., takes me back to the good old days.  Again thank you so much and I will be in touch for my next bright ideal.

Our Watercolor painting that Mr Buchanan painted for us, aptly named At The Westland, is a very professional and beautiful piece of work. I got in touch with Joseph about painting our cars that we used to drag main in, at Elk City.  The Westland was the u-turn site.After a few emails and pictures sent, he had me a sketch, very quickly and then our painting arrived within a week. We are over the top pleased and thrilled with the painting and now are planning our next one. Such a pleasure to do business with such a talented and professional person.

Thanks again
Pete and Billie Skinner. 

"I had the pleasure of meeting Joseph at the 2012 Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention. He had a lot of his watercolor artwork on display and I was so impressed with his ability to capture the essence of small boat sailing that I knew I had to have one.  Joseph worked with me looking at a file of favorite photos I had of my boat and then went to work. When the painting arrived at my home I could not have been happier. It is beautiful and more than I ever hoped for.
Joseph is a total professional at what he does. His work was everything he represented and more. The work was delivered on the exact timetable he put forth. He is all about customer service and went to great lengths to make sure we would be happy with the final product. We weren't.   We were thrilled to death! If you want a priceless piece of personalized artwork depicting your beloved boat, I can't recommend Joseph highly enough. Working with him was a first class experience and a breath of fresh air". 

                                                   Sean Mulligan "Dauntless"

We commissioned Joseph to do a painting of our Cabo Rico 38. He worked from our phone photos, which could not have been easy!  The painting turned out beautifully, its done in such a pleasing style. Also much appreciated was the prompt and professional time line for delivery.      

                                         Mark and Jennifer Swart, Altavista  VA