About

This website shows some of my paintings, as well as information on many of the lengthy voyages of the  historic cruising yachts,  so you can share some of the history and challenges faced by these adventuresome sailors.

About the artist

Jack Woods Enterprize

At the helm of Waitangi sailing alongside topsail schooner Enterprize  

I have been involved with boats for most of my life from the times I went fishing with my father in a small runabout and then on to sailing dinghies including Sabots, Gwen 12s, OK dinghies, windsurfers, and some traditional keel boats including a 26ft timber ketch, a 24 ft Harrison designed timber double ended, a Bluebird and more recently the Top Hat Waitangi, which we sold in 2015. Over recent years I also crewed as a volunteer on Melbourne’s Topsail Schooner Enterprize, and I have now rejoined the Albert Sailing Club enjoying racing the lively 13ft Impulse dinghy.

I have been painting pictures of sailing craft, and particularly the early classic yachts, for over 30 years with the particular challenge of converting scenes, from descriptions in sailing books, into oil or acrylic paintings.   A particular theme that I enjoy, is to paint the classic small cruising yachts that ventured thousands of miles across the oceans, before the advent of all the modern technology, with owners who either sailed solo or with a minimal crew. Before painting these yachts I read the books of their voyages, and study the yacht’s lines, and rigging details. By the end of the painting I hope to have a feeling that I am aboard the vessel and experiencing part of the voyage with the air whistling in the rigging, the spray in the air, and the warmth of the early morning sun taking effect after a cold night on watch….

I can’t claim to have studied under any famous artists, but have just learnt art from reading art books, and spending many enjoyable hours working on the sea and boat relationship. I mainly exhibit in local maritime exhibitions, and always hope that when a painting sells it is going to a person who similarly loves the sea and ships.

I am an exhibiting member of the following art societies:-
Australian Society of Marine Artists
Australian Guild of Realist Artists.

Any additional information on the history, or whereabouts of the yachts or crew of the vessels depicted is always welcome – please email me at sea.painting@gmail.com