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James Andrew at the Scott McBee studio

James Andrew at the Scott McBee studio

“His Ship Has Come In. How Scott McBee became the pre-eminent portrait painter of yachts,” Aaron Kuriloff entitles his piece for Bloomberg Pursuits. A fitting tribute to our formidable artist friend — well done Scott McBee! Since Mcbee is near and dear to our hearts, we are of course beyond thrilled to share his success with our WIJW readership.

Artist Scott McBee in his studio.

Artist Scott McBee in his studio. (click to view article)

View McBee’s work (yacht and ocean liner paintings) online at www.scottmcbee.com, or find a selection for purchase here in New York City at the Chinese Porcelain Company on Park Avenue. Also, McBee’s fabulous animal paintings can be found at Creel and Gow on 131 East 70th Street as well as at John Fondas’ fabulous, The Island Store in Lyford. Should you want to commission a fine yacht portrait, do schedule your piece early on as there is now quite a waiting list!

Stopping by McBee’s studio to celebrate this brilliant press release, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci red leather biker jacket and black and white striped cotton shirt with French cuffs, pearl cuff links, my black and grey silk paisley ascot by Le Noued Pappillion, Rolex watch, Paul Smith light weight grey wool pants, black alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, YSL black leather “Windsor” loafers and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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  1. Alexx says:

    casual and chic. Love your Gucci red jacket.

  2. George Cruz says:

    Scott McBee, is quite a brilliant artist and has created a special niche in art as the pre-eminent portrait painter of yachts! I enjoyed learning more about him here on WIJW. And he looks so darn cool and hip too!
    James, the Tom Ford era, Gucci red, biker jacket looks tremendous on you! I sure love it paired with the black and white, striped shirt and the Paul Smith grey, wool pants. The YSL black, leather loafers complete what is a really great look for you. I love it and I love that smoldering look you always give the camera. So handsome, James!

  3. Danny says:

    No Socks in October, James!!!
    So, So Louche!!!(and those mid grey trousers give you more than a passing resemblance to my ex Tech Drawing Teacher….)

    (smile), Danny

  4. Michael Hampton says:


    Mr. McBee is immensely talented indeed! As an architectural watercolorist it is so wonderful to see such a talented painter continue and preserve the traditions of a dying art like I have. FYI: Your dream house painting has not been forgotten! Just need to devote sometime to it this winter.



  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear Alexx,

    Thank You- This is just such a great piece – a bold wonderful statement.

    Bringing Biker chic to a whole new level- a nod to the aristo-cat gone bad kind of thing.



  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear George,

    You are so very sweet!

    Thank You for your very poetic comments and feedback.

    Mr McB is indeed very gifted and I am just beyond thrilled with this recent bit of press for him!



  7. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Danny,

    With temperatures here in NYC resembling summer- I am going to dress for summer .

    I certainly hope your – Tech Drawing Teacher – was as chic and sexy.

    ALL my best,


  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear Michael,

    Thank You!

    There is a similar spirit in the paintings of Mr McB to the gorgeous portraits of homes that you are creating.

    And please- no worries about my dream house painting – we will find the perfect time to do a wonderful story about you whenever you are ready.

    Light and Blessings


  9. Antipodean says:

    Loving the beard – on you and McB’s work. Well done to him and congrats to you for sharing.

    Black and white is classic; looks great on you , also a classic!

    It’s a very early (and very warm) summer down under; I agree, dress for the weather!


    Not a word did I hear in our too short visit about Mr. McBee and yachts!

    You have to come back! (My dearly beloved client; friend, and surrogate father, Charlie Munger, has the biggest I say ‘boat’ to everyones chagrin!!!) It is the biggest (maybe not now!!) catamaran ever built! It is moored in the Santa Barbara harbor!

    It is called “Channel Cat” and it has a website!

    I could have taken Mr. McBee to see it…..and maybe paint it!

    Come back soon! We can have a ride on it……..if I get enough notice!


    Hooray for McBee! LOVE those paintings! If I send a picture??

    Maybe I want to give Charlie a painting!!


  11. You and your readers have to read this story!

    I couldn’t make it up!!

    Here it is! And it is 100 percent true! I was there!!



  12. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Antipodean ,

    It was indeed my great pleasure to share Mr McB’s great success and this brilliant bit of press- his work certainly has an international appeal – so I thought – why not share with my global audience.

    Well the beard is gone – but the classic with a twist pervails- stay tuned.



  13. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope,

    Well Mr McBee is the consumate gentleman and would never want to brag too much about himself and ALL that he does – however the list is pretty impressive!!!

    We just cant wait to get back to Montecito to see all you marvelous people!!!

    Love and Light


  14. Danny says:

    Oh James!
    I couldn’t really that my teacher was very chic… But those snug mid grey pants cultivated an enduring appreciation of flannel…. and men….

    X Danny

  15. James Andrew says:

    Dear Danny,

    I can certainly relate- having had many crushes on my teachers as a young man 😉



  16. Danny says:

    Formative years…. Formative, fearless experiences…. though I’ve not been back for the reunions….
    X, Danny

  17. Lisa Clark says:

    I am overjoyed to see Scott get the recognition that he deserves. I have known Mr. McBee since the 7th grade, and he has always been the most amazing artist I have ever known. I remember him fashioning “The Hindenburg” out of balsa wood and tissue paper and then setting it ablaze! He has been fascinated with ocean liners for as long as I’ve known him and has always painted them. I do believe I have some drawings of his somewhere in my boxes of memorabilia. I do have old photos of him, as I’ve always been into photography and he was sometimes my guinea pig! Kudos to you Scott! I always knew that you would do big things with that talent!

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