Armenian Romantic painter Ivan Aivazovsky is a master of marine art. A prominent 19th century originating from Russia, his works would become hugely successful across the world. In his artistic 60 years, he would create 6,000 paintings! He mostly depicted seascapes and navy battle scenes. His most powerful works tend to be his turbulent seascapes, like Among the Waves. Born in a Black Sea port to a poor merchant, Aivazovsky would draw on the wall with economical charcoal. An architect friend of the family noticed his early talent and offered perspective lessons. Aivazovsky’s artistry grew rapidly, which grabbed the governor’s attention, who not only gave him art supplies, but also helped him get into a good elementary school. He made new friends, one of whom helped him land a scholarship to a prestigious art school. He hated its traditional methods but eased up in a landscape class, which would define most of his later works. Aivazovsky earned many medals and prestige in his academic career, which allowed him to travel plenty and attain career opportunities in war that would help develop his style and marine artwork further. Today, most of his original works are kept in Russian, Ukrainian, and Armenian museums.