love for ships and the sea began in childhood. My father was employed by a
steamship company in Philadelphia. Visits to the waterfront as a young boy
introduced me to the great ships as they loaded and unloaded cargo before
sailing to destinations far away. As a boy I also discovered the wonderful
ship drawings of Gordon Grant in "The Book of Old Ships," and was
greatly influenced by his work. Later I watched my brother go off to war
on a Navy cruiser.
Following university I
served for five years as an officer in the United States Navy, all of it on
destroyers from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, which afforded me an
intimate view of the sea in all its moods.
I have a particular interest
in bringing historic ships to life. My goal is to blend meticulous
attention to detail with a romantic feeling for ships and the sea reminiscent of
the great marine painters of the past. I work in both watercolor and oil.
This website presents some
representative ship paintings from many eras of
sail and steam. I hope that you will enjoy you r visit. If you wish
to discuss with me any of the paintings, or the possibility of a commission to
paint one of your favorite ships, please feel free to contact me by sending
anE-Mail Thank you for your interest!
As a souvenir of your
visit, please download the attached pencil sketch of the clipper "Young
America" as an expression of my appreciation for your visit !
Richard C. Moore
first painting in preschool. Notice the trouble I was having with