Please view the model ship gallery exhibiting examples of current and previous work - I'm very happy to work on bespoke commissions of a model of your own or favourite vessel.
I use ships'/boat plans and photographs where available or supplied by the customer as reference, and I also draw on a large reference library on 18th and 19th century sailing vessels to aid accuracy in build.
The models are not mass produced but are individually hand made in Hampshire UK, not far from Portsmouth's historic Royal Naval Dockyard.
Each model is carefully made in my workshop from scratch, using quality wood and materials, using templates taken from the scaled plans of the subject vessel mainly working to 1:48th scale (1/4 inch represents 1 foot) for smaller vessels under 100ft. So if a vessel was (length overall) 100ft it would be 635mm.
Projects current and past include J class yachts, Thames barges, 19th century cutters and yachts, a fully rigged full hull 1:48th scale model of the 1760 Royal Navy cutter HMS Fly - also a half model of a 50ft 1910 Royal Navy Steam Pinnace and even Kayak models and I recently completed a 1900 Boston Prawner. I have many projects in the pipeline and with the recent purchase of a band saw can now speed up the build process. View completed wood models the ship model gallery.
My artworks cover a diverse variety of subjects and disciplines ranging from Marine Art to Wildlife.
As a Marine Artist I believe marine Paintings have a special appeal to a lot of people as they can encompass so many subjects and even emotions. The same goes for aircraft, so as an Aviation artist I like to depict aircraft in unusual settings bringing when possible wildlife and diverse sky/landscapes into the mix, for example the Short Sunderland scaring the swans and crows at Wareham, Dorset shown in the aviation gallery. I also take commissions as an Animal Portraiture artist.
Mediums typically used are Windsor & Newton or Daler-Rowney Acrylics and or oil paints on acid free unbleached cotton canvas or canvas board. I can also generate digital artworks using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop see the TSS Normandy, Lulworth yacht profiles in the Marine gallery and aircraft side profiles in the Aviation gallery.
Each model is carefully made in my workshop from scratch, using quality wood and material, using templates taken from the scaled plans of the subject vessel mainly working to 1:48th scale.
A unique and personal gift for someone who owns a boat or just loves to look at them (like me), the half hull models look great on walls without taking up the space that a full ship model would take. If you really want to push the boat out I can produce a fully rigged static display models. Commissions can be taken to suit your specifications. I would be delighted to consider commissions of someone's own or favourite vessel.