Dimetrious Athas, a native of Salem, Massachusetts studied at University of California – Berkeley specializing in commercial design and illustration, but his love of boats and the sea soon led him to painting. In 1976 Athas switched his medium to painting with oils painting luminous realistic scenes of catboats, sloops and schooners — the remaining splendors of sail – which he feels records their beauty for future generations. Each season Dimetrious participates in many races so that he can accurately portray each race. The final intention is to bring to the viewer the feel of wind in the sails and the drama of the seas. He is currently working on landscapes and wildlife paintings.
Athas was a board member of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTISTS and was a past vice-president of INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF MARINE PAINTERS. Images of his paintings have been reproduced in 2000 thru 2010 “ Art of the Sea ” calendar – National Maritime Historical Society, Cover of the Friendship Sloop Society′s yearbook 2000, “ Sea Classics ”, “American Art Review”, “ Antiques and Fine Art ”, “ Down East”, “Marine Boats and Harbors” , “ A Gallery of Marine Art ” by Rockport Publishing and “ Bound For Blue Water” by Greenwich Workshop. Dimetrious Athas is now among a select few marine artists included in the American Art Museum Library at the Smithsonian Institution.