Fishermen

Since I started to create Fishermen I am proud to say that 4 paintings are now in America and 2 in Canada so far....

I've crossed the bar at last, mates,
My longest voyage is done;
And I can sit here, peaceful,
And watch th' setting sun
A-smilin' kind of glad like
Upon the waves so free.
My longest voyage is done, mates,
But oh, the heart of me,
Is out where sea meets skyline!
My longest voyage is done. . . .
But - can I sit, in peace, mates,
And watch the settin' sun?

For what's a peaceful life, mates,
When every breeze so free,
When every gale a-blowin',
Brings messages to me?
And is the sky so shinin',
For all it's golden sun,
To one who loves the sea, mates,
And knows his voyage is done?
And, can a year on land, mates,
Match with one day - at sea?
Ah, every wind a-singin'
Brings memory to me!

I've crossed the bar at last, mates,
My longest voyage is past,
And I must watch the sunset,
Must see it fade, at last.
My steps are not so light, mates,
As they were, years ago;
And sometimes, when I'm tired,
My head droops kind of low -
Yet, though I'm old and - weary,
The waves that dance so free,
Keep callin' to my soul, mates,
And thrill the heart of me!

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

1838 - 1912

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm is terrible but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.      Vincent Van Gough

“A poor fisherman who knows the beauties of the misty mornings is much richer than a wealthy man who sleeps till noon in his palace!”

CAPTAIN COBLE
Named by Linda Brash 
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

WATCHING THE SWELL

Named by David Anson

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

FISHWIFE

Named by Artist

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

FISHERMAN WITH WOOLLEN HAT
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x12" 
OLD SALT
Named by Derek Lee
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"
The Mariner  Ralph Jones POEM

LOBSTER FISHERMAN - Commission

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

ISSAC

Named by Paula Besford

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

NEWBIGGIN MAN

Named by John Murdie

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

Men of the Sea  Malcolm Barnes POEM

THOUGHTFUL
Named by Artist
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

CAPT. MOSES 

Named by John Fisherman

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

WEATHERED BY ROUGH SEAS
Named by Arthur Cole
Charcoal on black card 16 x 12" 

THE END OF THE LINE named by Sterling Belliveau

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12

CHAMPION MOUSER

named by Lorraine M Wroe

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

IT'S A GOOD DAY

named by Brenda Foster Wilson

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

PREPARING THE LONG LINES

Named by John Storey

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

ISHMAEL

Named by Mission Belle & Craig Beuker

'MATTY' named by Stephen Harding

Charcoal on black card 16x 12

As a young boy I'd go east to a coastal town to visit my grandparents each summer. My great grandfather lived with them. He was about 90 the last time I saw him. He fished inshore from a rowboat all his life. His fingers were permanently crooked from rowing. He also smoked pipe... his tobacco stored in an old trunk in his bedroom. I swear I could smell that sweet odour when I saw that image. Thanks for the flashback. His name was Matthew. Grampa Mat...Matty to his buddies.

CAPTAIN & COMPANY

named by Stephen Harding

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

LAST TRIP 

named by Joyce Warde Jones 

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

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Bear Davis 

Samuel Sails. Started out as a teen with a rowboat setting nets off the coast. Made a goodly sum selling his fresh fish to the fish markets along Oregon and Washington and bought a bigger boat with a mast and sails. On his sail he had the local bar wench at his favorite and most frequented tavern embroider a pair of gulls upon it. He was a merry fisherman and quite boisterous, and all along the coast when sailors saw his sails they would give a cheer for they knew the fish were near. For Samuel was quite the accomplished fishermen.Thusly he became known around those parts as Mister Samuel Sails, although now we can’t even recall his proper surname.- you create such beautiful portraits I wish I had the artistic ability you do. And when people look upon them I am sure stories just like these or little backgrounds come to life in their minds. Great job!

SAMUEL SAILS 

named by Bear Davis

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

WAITING FOR THE SWELL - No 2

Charcoal on black card 16 x 12"

UNTOLD STORY

The eyes of a sailor, they've seen it all

Wonders and woes, daybreak and nightfall

A dangerous job, not for the fainthearted

Workmates lives lost, this earth now departed.

But still they return to the call of the sea

A different breed, not like you and me

Out in all weathers catching the fish

So people like us have it fresh in our dish

All could tell tales, so horrid and gory

But some never speak of their own 'Untold Story'

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UNTOLD STORY

named by Richard Russell

16 x 12" Charcoal on black card.

"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails" Thomas S Monson

FAMILY TRADITIONS named by Justin Wase and Conan Corvin

16x12" charcoal on black card

CAPTAIN & COMPANY

Charcoal on black card

16 x 12"

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