Thank you for visiting my Maritime Gallery. If you do not find the Marine painting or Maritime print you are looking for, I would be delighted to receive your commission for a historic ship or maritime event.
I am considered an authority on sailing ships, particularly the Gustaf Erikson Grain Ships, the Laeisz Nitrate Ships and the A D Bordes Bounty Ships of France.
The 19th century Tea Clipper Ships also feature in my portfolio. Whilst I specialise in painting tall ships - Schooners, Barques, Barquentines, Ketches, Fishing boats, Trawlers and Sail Training Ships, I often paint Merchant ships, Naval vessels and yachts on commission. Years spent yachting and 3 years in the Royal Australian Navy enable me to produce realistic paintings of warships and pleasure craft.
Over 40 of my marine paintings illustrate a maritime book I have written, titled Windjammers - the Final Story. In 1996 I founded the Australian Society of Marine Artists.
My knowledge of the square rigged ship is the result of 50 years study and maritime research. As a member of the Australian Cape Horners Association, I made contact with the last living sailors to round Cape Horn in a commercial sailing ship. As I have interviewed hundreds of these seafarers over the years I can paint these last tall ships and their global voyages with great authenticity.
The International Association of Cape Horners (AICH) in St. Malo, France, awarded me the St. Malo Medal for my artwork and recording of the history of the Cape Horn Sailing Ship.
As most of the last sailing ships come from Mariehamn in the Aland Islands off Finland I was honoured to be asked by the Aland Post to paint a picture for a stamp and first day cover, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the last commercial grain race by Pamir and Passat between Port Victoria Australia and Europe. It was subsequently voted best stamp of the year.
'In 2011 I was awarded the Order of Australia medal for my services to the Arts through the research, illustration and recording of the history of the last commercial sailing ships.'
I hope you enjoy your visit to my gallery.