John was born in Christchurch in Dorset, England in 1933 and has enjoyed
drawing and painting sailing ships in watercolour since his childhood. At
the age of sixteen he joined the British Merchant Navy sailing in every
type of ship from small coasters to large liners. During this time John
was shipwrecked on an American tanker 'Esso Rochester' which broke in half
during a blizzard in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1950. Between 1955 and
1959 John joined the R.A.F- F.E.A.F. 205/209 Sunderland Squadron and in
1960, unable to break away from his love of ships and the sea he joined
the Australian Merchant Navy. In 1961 John became skipper of Coastal
vessels trading out of Rabaul, New Britain, The Territory of Papua New
Guinea, Queensland and the Northern Territory often being the only contact
with civilization for many of the plantations in the outlying islands his
ships traded in copra, cocoa, trochus & pearl shells.
In 1975 John finally left the sea to pursue the subject he felt
he knew best, painting the sea and sailing ships, and became a professional artist.
He wanted to share with others the beauty and power of the sea, the
elements and the grace and beauty of the sailing ships that plied their
trade around the world. 1978 saw the return of John and his family to
England. In 1989
he made his home on Green Island in Poole Harbour where Diana followed her
love of pottery and John produced beautiful, atmospheric paintings of the
harbour and it's sailing ships.
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