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“From my formative years and throughout my life I’ve been influenced by

the sea and art. My father was a fisherman in Devon and my mother quite

artistic, so from birth I was surrounded by material items connected with

these elements from crab pots to oil paints.

“I was born in the beautiful port of Dartmouth where tall ships, warships,

yachts and fishermen were everyday sights in the harbour. My family

moved to the West Coast of Ireland in the mid-1960s where, once again,

the sea influenced my senses and my first love affair with ships took root

watching coasters entering and leaving Sligo port.

“In 1972, I joined the Merchant Navy and worked my way up from

deckhand to relief Master on small tramp vessels trading around the British

Isles, Europe, the Baltic, Mediterranean and West Africa carrying a wide

range of cargoes. This seagoing life imbued me with a great respect for the

elements and a broad understanding of nautical matters.

“I came to New Zealand in 1995, and over the years I’ve moved from

concentrating on traditional marine paintings to a diverse range of nautical

subjects. This diversity is driven by examining what appears mundane,

yet has its own interest and beauty, from rusty hulks to traditional Maori


We hear retirement is in the offing, and Paul looks forward to focusing fully

on painting – perhaps in some delightful spot on the Coromandel.

See more of Paul’s work online at

or visit or

ring him at 021 259 0646.

Artist Paul Deacon hangs the original of our stunning cover art at the Mercury Bay

Museum in Whitianga. All his paintings are available for purchase with a portion to

benefit the museum.


took the magnificent photo of the

interior of St. James Union Church in Thames shown on

our centre spread. We found it on his blog,

Motor Home

Page – Exploring New Zealand

. Ross and wife Wyn

decided to take a ‘big leap’ and live totally in their motor

home, travelling. See more photos and read about

their pilgramage to Thames where Ross grew up: blog.


Our popular

Road Trip

section will return in the Spring

issue, with featured artist, Charlotte Giblin. But for this

edition this talented lady contributed some photos of

Thames – churches and The Treasury building. Keep

current with this Whitianga artist and muralist through


Bouncing Pig–Charlotte’s Art

. She is now

assembling her paintings and musings for a book she

hopes to release in time for Christmas!


This Auckland artist undertook a large project to depict the

‘Maori Creation Legend’ that we have featured on page 18. Jane’s specialty,

though, is painting native birds paired with items like antique water pitchers.

View more at an

d on Fb at

Studio 208 - Jane Crisp.

Milly’s on Main


236 Main Road in Tairua



522 Pollen Street in Thames

Watch for our

Fashion Parade

coming soon!

Paintings of the


and the


are already on display to view

and purchase at the Mercury Bay Museum.

Photo by Alan Duff