Marine Artist John Scott Martin

John was born in Nottinghamshire, studying painting and graphic design at Nottingham College of Art in the 1960’s.

He now lives in rural Warwickshire, just about as far from the sea as you can get. This doesn’t stop him from making frequent trips to the sea. In his paintings he likes his ships and boats to move and this effects how he gathers his reference material. His primary source being an extensive library of his own photographic images. This is added too whenever possible, often with no time for a sketch, but always with time for the camera to record.

He has continued to be inspired over the last ten years by sail, ships and the sea. The breadth of his maritime imagery and experience is continually expanding, always believing that his next marine painting might be his best.

Gaffers and Gulls

Gaffers, traditional fore and aft working ships and boats. Coastal traders, sailing barges, fishing vessels and pilot cutters. Gaff rigged they can display the greatest area of sail upon the least number of spars.

And gulls, artists have often included seabirds in their marine paintings where no other life form is evident. They can be added to a composition to enhance movement and give focal highlights.


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