Maritime paintings by Ian Sebire
I can't rationalise my affection for all things maritime; it may have been instilled during summer holidays on Guernsey...…..or maybe it's just 'in the blood' (Sebire is a Norman French name meaning 'Sea bright').
I've always enjoyed art but it wasn't until my early 20's that I started painting in earnest. For subjects I inevitably turned to my fascination with ships and the sea.
In 2003 I started Sarnia Watercolours (not some obscure anagram of my name but the Roman name for Guernsey, the ancestral homeland and a personal touchstone). Commissions came and then I started to supply prints and greetings cards for sale on board Cunard cruise ships.
As a youngster I visited QE2 at Southampton and vowed someday to be involved with this legendary ship. Here I am, in 2008, standing by a display of my paintings on board. A childhood ambition fulfilled!
By 2014 I was supplying both Cunard and CMV with prints and cards, whilst also writing articles on passenger liner history, mainly for Shipping Today & Yesterday magazine.
Changes at the cruise lines meant a change of concessionaires and for me a change of focus. Thereafter I concentrated mainly on the writing, more articles and then my first book; 'Masters of the Italian Line: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raffaello', which was published in the Autumn of 2018.
In 2019 I diversified into beach and shoreline paintings, whilst also writing further articles, including biographical studies of prominent ship owners and designers. Of course the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on everyone and everything, including magazine sales but I've been able to keep working through, completed my second book (now due for publication in 2021) and an increasing number of articles which are due for publication over the forthcoming months. My May 2020 talk in London had to be cancelled but is penciled in for May 2021. I've also started work on a third book project...…….watch this space!