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It may seem an unusual topic for a
female artist but Sarah, born in York, England in 1965, loves painting
submarines. It all
began when she was researching and diving upon the remains of WW2
Kriegsmarine wrecks in Brittany, France, during 1998.
Fascinating though that was, the huge U-boat bunkers that still
today dominate the coastline in Brest and Lorient proved even more
concrete monstrosities, together with the underwater wartime
casualties, initiated her curiosity in German U-boats.
Before long that interest stretched to submarines of all eras
and all nations. An interest that today Sarah expresses through her
Now living near Bognor Regis, England, Sarah Burbridge is a full time
is a fascinating occupation as I get to meet or correspond with many
submariners who all have fascinating stories of the sea to tell.
Some are WW2 veterans, others more at home on the nuclear subs.
I try to learn the history of every submarine I paint. Also, I
attempt to capture some of the submariner’s character within the
Her paintings have been on public show
across Britain, Germany and America and have also been published in
international magazines and book dust-jackets. Most of her time, however, is happily spent working on
commissions for enthusiasts or submariners themselves.
During WW2 John Pettitt spent his childhood living in and around RAF and
USAF Air Bases that included both fighters and bombers. This
created for John a huge interest in aviation both early and modern,
aspects from which he draws his inspiration for his paintings.
Although primarily an aviation artist, John also paints maritime topics
too - submarines being a particular favourite.
He is mainly self-taught with brief peiods at Art colleges. He
has exhibited in Athens, New York and Melbourne, Australia and has
regular one man shows in the UK.
His work can be seen in many air and navy bases and museums in the UK
and abroad. John has also painted 3 works on commission depicting
617 Squadron "Dam Busters", prints of these works were signed
by 10 members of 617 squadron crew. More of John's
non-submarine work can be viewed at www.pettittrock.co.uk
We were very sad to learn that John Meeks passed away in November 2008. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Heather and his family.
Born in England, John Meeks resided near Vancouver, Canada.
Primarily an Aviation Artist, he was accepted into
the American Society of Aviation Artists in 1999 and exhibited in
shows and exhibitions in both Canada and the USA on a regular basis in
that genre. He had canvases in collections in Canada, the US, Europe
and the UK.
He decided to “come out” after discovering the
SubArt.net website…. finally admitting that he also had a lifelong
interest in (sub)marine subjects! After submitting one U-Boat painting
he was both delighted and surprised at the interest and the quick sale
that resulted! He even
admitted to receiving more satisfaction from his marine works than his
Living on the North American West Coast, it is
possibly natural that he had a strong interest in the Pacific theatre of
World War II, and he was deeply fascinated by the large Japanese I-Boats
and their participation in that conflict. He was also committed to try to
emphasize the human (or, perhaps, ‘inhuman’ …. ?) aspects of
“life in a tin can” rather than simply portraying the boats
A keen enthusiast of the French Impressionists, he
found that he leant a little more each day towards their styles and
To see more of his (non- submarine) work, you may
visit his own website at www.skybirdart.com
Jim Christley was on active duty in the US Navy from 1962 to 1982,
retiring as a Senior Chief Electrician. During this time he served
aboard diesel electric, nuclear fast attack and ballistic missile
submarines. After retiring from the Navy he worked in the field of
submarine noise reduction as an engineering consultant.
1999 he started a third career as an artist. Studying with such
notable marine artists as Louis Bonomarte, Gerald Levey and
he started displaying his work in southeastern
his Naval and engineering career to the present he has researched,
studied and written about submarine technical history. His writing
and art have appeared in several books and magazines and his paintings
are in many private and corporate collections. At present his art
is displayed at galleries in
an Mystic Connecticut. His home and studio are in
Portrait of artist by his daughter
Grzegorz Nawrocki lives in Poland and is an architect by
trade. He has been interested in all things marine for a very long
time and expresses his passion through his paintings.
His vast knowledge in this topic has led to enjoy a working
relationship with many Polish sea and military publishers spanning many
years. His favourite painting technique is watercolour and
guache, but he also uses acrylic and oil on occasions. As
well as painting submarines, sailing ships, famous warships, great sea
battles, civil ships etc he also paints military vehicles.
To see some of Grzegorz Nawrocki's other paintings
please visit the artist's Polish webiste:
Willaim H. RaVell
William H. RaVell is a self-taught American artist who has been painting
since his youth. He specializes in marine art but is equally at
home with landscapes and portraits.
He works primarily in acrylic and his paintings are included in many
corporate, military and private collections including the United States
Coast Guard Academy and the wardrooms of many Navy and Coast Guard
Vessels. For many years he painted submarine portraits for the
Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT, USA.
Michael Rock, born in 1957, draws and paints various topics but loves to
concentrate on maritime or aviation subjects in particular.
He is a member of his local art society in Peterborough,
Cambridgeshire and also the Bayswater Road Artists Association in
London. His artwork has been sold in many various parts of the
Michael Rock works mainly in oils, but he also produces pencil
drawings as well. He is always willing to undertake commissions
Commander J. Carl Hartsfield has painted various works in acrylic and watercolor over the past ten years. Although never formally trained, he has had artwork accepted into the Navy Art Collection. Commander Hartsfield is currently the captain of the nuclear submarine USS NEWPORT NEWS (SSN-750). Previously he has served on fast attack submarines
USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) and USS Parche (SSN-683).
Marinemaler Andreas Kruse wurde 1965 hinter dem Emsdeich im
ostfriesischen Jemgum geboren. Die Nähe zum Strom und die Schiffe übten
eine grosse Faszination auf ihn aus. Schon in frühester Jugend begann
er, seine nähere Umgebung, und vor allem die Schiffe auf der Ems zu
skizzieren und zu malen. Dabei kamen alle gängigen Zeichentechniken zur
Anwendung, wie z. B. Kreiden, Bleistift, Kohle, Rötel und auch Feder.
Seine Begabung und das feine Gefühl für die Wirkung der Farben machten
ihm auch das Fertigen von Aquarellen, Temperas und natürlich auch Ölgemälden
leicht, wodurch jedes einzelne seiner Werke von hoher Qualität ist.
Heute ist der Marinemaler Andreas Kruse aufgrund seiner detailgenauen,
oft fast fotografisch realistischen Darstellungsweise im In- und Ausland
ein anerkannter Vertreter seiner Zunft. Jeder Sachkenner weiss, dass
seine Schiffe die schwierigsten Objekte für perspektivisch korrekte
Ganz besonders hat sich der Marinemaler Andreas Kruse der Darstellung
alter Schiffstypen wie Klipper und Tjalken verschrieben, die speziell in
seiner ostfriesischen Heimat durch den Einsatz tatkräftiger
Einzelpersonen oder auch Heimatvereinen eine Renaissance erleben. Zu den
Auftraggebern seiner Werke zählen aufgrund seiner thematischen
Bandbreite sowohl Werften, Reedereien, Städte und Gemeinden,
Fischerfamilien, Kapitäne und Besatzungsangehörige wie auch
Kevin Anderson lives near the Saint Clair River which connects the
southern end of Lake Huron to the northern end of Lake St. Clair,
and is one of the busiest waterways for shipping in the world.
He has been fascinated with, and drawing, ships and boats his
entire life, especially submarines. Kevin's second cousin,
TM1 John Foster, sailed on all 5 of the USS Tang's patrols and did not
survive her loss. Kevin attended Art School at the
University of Michigan and received a BFA. Since then he has
been raising his family and working as a firefighter in Port Huron,
Michigan, where he is currently a Captain.
Kevin accepts commissions and can be reached through SubArt.net
Michel currently lives and works in Paris (since 1972) although
originally from Brittany. He spent his youth in Brest, overlooking the
French naval harbour. Many members of his family were in the
Marine Nationale and his father (born in 1920) was
a sailor during the Second World War, serving mainly on the battleship
Dunkerque - a survivor of the battle of Mers-el-Kebir in July 1940.
He has painted since his youth, following in his father's footsteps who
was also an amateur artist. Having spent sometime in the
Caribbean, and married to a wife from Martinique, his subjects include
tropical landscapes as well as Parisian scenes, seascapes and
portraits. Four years ago he discovered the French marine artist
Marin-Marie and consequently has concentrated on painting ships
since then. His preferred media are watercolour, gouache and acrylic.
Only since the beginning of 2007 has he discovered the joy of painting
Paul Nisbet is from Charleston,
SC, growing up in and on the ocean, beaches, rivers and tidal creeks of
South Carolina’s lowcountry.
He is the son of Naval parents, a veteran of the US Air
Force, and now sailing captain on Lake Ontario.
Before moving to South Carolina as a youth, he and his family
lived primarily in Cyprus and Guam.
Paul’s paintings reflect a combination of his deep attachment to the ocean, his military heritage, and the architecture,
scenery and rich history of his Charleston roots. He works mainly in watercolors.
His home and studio are now in Rochester, NY, where Paul paints for the love of it and for commission.
He regularly travels throughout the southeastern United States, gathering subject matter from the deep maritime history
of both the Confederate and Union forces. His work is displayed in private and corporate collections.
“I would like to paint every day as a professional ”
Viktor lives in the Czech Republic and is a Creative Manager in his “day job”. However, his passion is painting, which he does whenever he has a moment spare. He loves painting submarines.
He particularly enjoys creating atmospheric submarine paintings with a slightly surreal edge to them – something that would be impossible to photogragh.
Viktor has had many of his paintings reproduced in magazines and journals.
Photo coming soon
Andrew was born in the early 1980s and raised in Melbourne, Australia.
He developed a strong interest in art from an early age.
He has sold many sketches and has had some of his artwork published in local magazines. One of his other great loves is history and he is glad to have been able to combine this with his art.
He hopes you enjoy his paintings as much as he enjoyed painting them.
Since being a child Sejar has always been interested in naval history.
Each ship is like a person to Sejar and has its own individual story to tell: birth, career and death.
He is fascinated in world shipping in general but in particular, German naval history during World War II. Almost the entire German fleet was destroyed and many people killed .
Sejar's work has been published in one of Germany's most popular military magazines, DMZ.
As a kid in the suburbs of Chicago, I always was interested in the mechanical creations of man. The forms those machines took were captivating to me - the pointed nose of a fighter jet; the exposed driving wheels of a mighty steam engine, the streamlined shape of a submarine. And the stories of the incredible experiences of the men who operated those machines are the stuff of legends and sometimes nightmares.
At Purdue University I studied Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering.
One day a man came into the restaurant where I was a waitor for lunch. He was the famous marine artist, Charles Vickery. We developed a rapport and soon he would always ask to sit at my table when he came in for lunch or dinner. At his request I shared some of my drawings with him; that led to an invitation to his studio. We soon became friends and I began to visit his studio on a regular basis. Our friendship developed into him teaching me about oil painting. I remember the early days. I would excitedly bring my latest (very amateurish) painting to the studio. He would look it over and only have words of gentle encouragement and kindly suggestions about technique or where to add little touch of color or a highlight. He was a wonderful teacher. I never felt uncomfortable showing him my creations and he always took the time to view them. We remained good friends until he passed away in 1998.
Some years went by and I decided to explore the digital medium a little more in depth. What I discovered changed my artistic life. I found the advancement in computing power and graphics abilities had made possible amazing digital art. In 2006 I made the switch to the digital medium. These days, all my work is painted digitally. It is my passion to bring to life those machines of man that still fascinate me to this day. I am blurring the line between digital and traditional media. I want my paintings to speak to the viewer the feeling I get from these subjects. Hopefully some of that comes through.
My work is collected and has been endorsed by veterans from World War II to the present day. I produce many pieces for commercial clients. My work hangs in museums, military bases, The Pentagon, schools, memorials and private collections worldwide. I am an artist member of the International Association of Astronomica Artists (IAAA).
Don O'BRIEN I.S.M.P
Don O'Brien was born and grew up in Somerville, north of Boston,
Massachusetts, U.S.A. He was born with the insatiable desire to
draw and paint and when he was a lad of about fifteen he was tutored
by Boston floral artist Ronald Leahy who taught Don how to paint
flowers particularly roses with stems on a card of poetry. After
one year, Don turned instantly to marine painting after seeing an
exhibition of boats and ships at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
Massachusetts. He has never looked back.
Don has painted every aspect of the seas of the world and when WWII
started he became fascinated with German U-boats particularly, as well
as all types of submarines. He is a long time professional member of
the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP) and also a former
member of the Experimental Painting Society of America. He has
won his share of Blue Ribbons and many awards and his paintings grace
many collections around the world.
Don has had his paintings published in the book, 'A Gallery of
Marine Art' edited by Jerry MCClish, past president of ISMP, and
published by Rockport Publishing of Rockport, MAssachusetts. His work
has also been featured in Sea Classics Magazine as well as Sail
Frank was born in a small country town just after the war and remembers the effects of the war on the community and also how much it influenced the shaping of his life. He recalls much of his art as a child often included war scenes as he was fascinated by the machines of war and the engineering that was used to build them. However his father was very sports orientated which Frank was not and preferred to pass his time sketching but his father insisted he stop. When his father died while he was a teenager he was then thrown into survival mode and knew that he could never attempt the risky business of trying to become a full time artist. So he did the next best thing and decided to incorporate art in with his work. This was achieved by doing an engineering course at university however during that time he had a break from his studies when he was conscripted into the Army during the Vietnam War. After the Army he got work with the electricity board in a drawing office. Even though it was very structured and formal style of drawing it gave him a lot of satisfaction to be getting paid while he was doing something he loved. He then became a serious art investor which enabled him to meet with many good artists. His desire to become an artist never waned and says art was in his blood the day his was born. However it wasn’t till he was in his fifties that he decided to do formal art classes and it was during that period he knew he still had the artist flare. While not a full time artist it is his dream that will one day change. Frank lives in Australia.
DANNY R. MOSS
Dan is a self-taught artist who was influenced by
his grandfather, L. P. Burnham and the 18th century Italian
artist/engraver, F. Bartolozzi. His distinct style was further
developed during his twenty-three year naval career while serving on extended submerged deployments aboard nuclear submarines.
He is a multi-faceted artist who not only endeavors to express himself in his pen and ink art, but also finds gratification in colored pencil, alabaster stone sculptures and miniature wood carvings.
He has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, for both his pen and ink and wood sculpting. Many of his works are in private collections and his wood sculptures of submarines are displayed in three military museums.
Dan is a 1982 graduate of the University of Albuquerque (Cum Laude) and the 1988 MBA Program at the College of Santa Fe.
Since retiring from the Navy in 1978, Dan has found greater time and opportunities to pursue his varied artistic interests. He currently resides with his wife Layne in Phoenix, Arizona.
Throughout 2016 and beyond Dan is very busy helping to organise a submarine memorial in Phoenix, Arizona. More information can be viewed at arizonasilentservicememorial.org where donations or purchase memorial pavers can be made..