STEP INTO ONNE VAN
DER WAL’S GALLERY in
Newport, Rhode Island, and
you’ll be greeted by walls of
breathtaking photographs of
regattas, yachts and sailboats.
Just steps from the city’s
historic harbor, the gallery is
also run like a tight ship. The
key to its success is hiding in
plain sight: a Canon imagePROGRAF inkjet printer.
“It makes quite an impression on our clients when
they walk in,” van der Wal says of the printer. “It’s the
heart and soul of the gallery.”
Most days, the former transoceanic boat racer is
on the water in his 25-foot chase boat, Onnesignment,
tailing racing boats in Naragansett Bay or circling
300-foot yachts easing out of the Newport Yacht Club.
While he’s out shooting the sun and the surf, the
gallery is in the expert hands of his wife, Tenley, with
his printer humming along.
All day, the printer effortlessly cranks out his
most popular photographs in limited edition sets of
250, as well as custom images for his corporate clients
like luxury boatmaker Hinckley Yachts and outdoor
clothing manufacturer Patagonia. The printer switches
between media and styles, from an artsy matte rag
paper to a high-gloss plexiglass, with ease.
“I’m a pretty driven person and I like perfection,”
Van der Wal used to send his images to be printed
at a lab. When a friend suggested that he try printing
in-house, he admits he got worried about the amount
of work he and his wife would have to take on.
“I’d heard about color profiles, paper profiles
and monitors. I didn’t know about any of that stuff. I
thought it would be a nightmare,” he says.
But a Canon representative helped install the
printer on-site and the company’s support team has
always been available to answer questions over the
phone. The Van der Wals soon got the hang of the
printer, working together to test settings on his newest
limited-edition images. They locked in color profiles
that meant a high standard of quality for every print in
the edition—and they haven’t looked back since.
“When you have to send images to a lab, it’s a much
longer process to get the prints to look right. The
luxury of having your own machine is that you can
get it right then and there,” says van der Wal. “It’s so
That responsiveness comes in handy with the high-
rolling clientele that sail to Newport every summer.
When they stroll into the gallery in between ocean
adventures, the massive prints instantly impress. And
when they decide their favorite van der Wal image
isn’t on the walls, Tenley sets the printer to deliver a
customized print on the spot. The print goes from the
printer to the table where van der Wal signs his name,
making sure every client goes home with exactly what
he or she wants.
“Everyone should have their own printer,” says van
der Wal. “I know what kind of impact it’s had on our
See Canon’s new line of imagePROGRAF PRO printers at
PICTURED: Boats in action on the water (top); van der Wal showing
prints from his Newport gallery (above).
ONNE VAN DER WAL PERFECTS
HIS PRINTS WITH CANON