The Marine Art of Jack Woods | Marine Artist | Melbourne, Australia

Carcassonne Doorway

carcassonne jackwoodsart

Acrylic on Canvas Board
10 x 12 in


Enterprize jackwoodsart

Oil on Canvas Board
11 x 14 in

A former crew member on the tall ship Enterprize. Allan could always be relied on to deal with any maintenance issues and to help furl the topsails during heavy weather


backwoodsart Enterprize

Oil on Canvas Board
11 x 14 inch
[Private Collection]

A past tall ship Enterprize crew member and good friend

Akaroa Harbour

Acrylic on Board
14 x 18 in

Painted following a trip to this peaceful harbour in New Zealand

Steam Controls

Oil on Canvas
41 x 51 cm

The steam controls on Loco Gertie L508 in Shanty Town, New Zealand

The Green Fields

Green Fields marine art RAAF

Oil on Linen Board
60 x 45 cm

I painted this scene as a tribute to my uncle, RAAF Flight Sergeant Jack William Woods who died in England as a result of a training accident, whilst piloting a Wellington, when an engine failed whilst landing. He was 23 years old.

After arriving in England for the training Jack penned a letter to his parents which included the following sentiments.

Usually my imagination paints too rosy a picture of something I am looking forward to, but England was, if anything even more beautiful then I expected. The beautiful green of the meadows, the soft artistic shape of the trees, the thatched roofs of neat little farm houses, the grand homes of country gentlemen, the sparkling streams – the hedges instead of fences to divide the fields – they all lend a little to the whole beauty of the country.

It gave me a strange feeling as I first passed through this country – I felt proud of England and that this land was something worth fighting for.

Windeward Bound

Acrylic on Linen Board
60 x 45 cm

The Tasmanian brigantine rigged Windeward Bound as viewed from the foredeck of the Topsail Schooner Enterprize during one of the voyages where I was a crew member

Specifications Windeward Bound
Displacement 120 tonnes
LOA 33m
Beam 7m
Draught 3.2m
Main Engine 300 HP Cummins

Endeavour – Quarter Deck

Oil on Linen Board
60 x 45 cm

The painting depicts the view from the quarter deck of the Endeavour replica sailing off Wilsons Promontory en route to Eden

In 2006, after serving as a tour guide on the Endeavour Replica when it was in Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games, I was invited to crew on a trip from Melbourne to Eden. The sailing conditions were perfect as we rounded Wilsons Promontory with a fresh following breeze. For many of the voyage crew this was their first time sailing on a tall ship and the view from the quarterdeck showed the complexity of the extensive rigging and sails that were powering the ship through the swell and choppy seas of Bass Strait.

Watermark II & Shenandoah

watermark marine art jack woods shenandoah seapainting

Painting Oil on Linen Board
60 x 45cm
(Private Collection)

The painting shows the H28 class yacht Watermark II and the ketch rigged Shenandoah sailing off the coast at Blairgowrie in Victoria. Both boats have just tacked so they will clear the port mark, and shallow water at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay.

In 2019 I was standing on the Blairgowrie jetty watching the pretty ketch Shenandoah being relaunched after the annual slipping, when I met the skipper of another yacht who was helping with the slipping. This chance encounter led to an invitation for me to crew on his classic and beautifully maintained H28 and subsequently some great sailing around the bay.

Specifications – H28 Watermark II
Designer – Herreschoff
Builder – Walker
Rig – Sloop with cutter rig
LOA 8.8m
Beam 2.7m
Draft 1.32m
Engine Bukh 20hp