Jack has been involved with sailing most of his life in dinghies and small keel boats, including a voyage in 1971 in an 8m ketch from Melbourne to Noumea via Sydney and Lord Howe Island and then down to New Zealand. He currently sails on a Tophat yacht as well as crewing on Melbourne’s Tall ship Enterprize.
He has been actively painting in both oils and acrylics for over 20 years with a primary focus on seascapes and the nautical scene, with a particular emphasis on the traditional sailing craft of the bygone era as well as paintings of local craft and water scenes.
His specific interest is the small yachts that were sailed solo or with small crew numbers and cruised long distances or to remote areas of the world. His paintings of these yachts are carefully researched to ensure historical accuracy and are of particular interest to collectors with an interest in these adventurous sailors. He exhibits primarily at maritime exhibitions including the ANL exhibition at the Mission to Seafarers and the annual Victorian Art Society maritime exhibition. Further information on his paintings can be found at his website.