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Ross Watton

 

Ross comes from a family with strong naval connections, his artistic ability was inherited from his father, an amateur wildlife painter - a path Ross pursued until his early teens - when ships and the sea became his passion. 

 

On leaving school, instead of attending an Art College, he joined the Royal Navy. This perhaps unorthodox step was designed to fulfill an ambition of becoming a professional marine artist. He spent much of his free time in the service drawing ships from life, at the various naval dockyards.

 

After seven years, he left to begin a technical illustration course at Art College. Here, his acquired ship knowledge was put to use, illustrating a large cutaway of HMS BELFAST, the WW2 cruiser moored in the Pool of London. This resulted in an opportunity to write and illustrate several books about famous ships.

 

For over 25 years, Ross worked for several London artists’ agents as a freelance illustrator of postage stamps and children’s books, covering a diverse range of subjects.  In 2006, he was given the opportunity to produce ship cutaway illustrations for the Royal Navy newspaper, the Navy News, which led him back to ship painting in oils. Ross has since received some notable commissions such as painting the last official portrait of HMS ARK ROYAL and the first official painting of the new aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.


HMS Westminster off the Needles, Isle of Wight (unframed)
 
Artist: Ross Watton  
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas. 
Size: 762mm x 508mm. 
Date of Work: 2012
Postage: TBC.   
 
Ref no: RW/001   Price: £SOLD  
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HMS Weststminster off the Needles Isle of Wight by marine artist Ross Watton
HMS Cornwall, off Cornwall (unframed)
 
Artist: Ross Watton 
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas. 
Size: 762mm x 508mm. 
Date of Work: 2011
Postage: TBC.   
 
Ref no: AS/002   Price: £SOLD  
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HMS Cornwall oil on canvas by marine artist Ross Watton
HMS Cumberland (Framed)
 
Artist: Ross Watton  
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas. 
Size: 762mm x 508mm. 
Date of Work: 2011
Postage: TBC.   
 
Ref no: RW/003   Price: £SOLD  
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HMS Cumberland oil on canvas by marine artist Ross Watton
HMS Mersey (unframed)
 
Artist: Ross Watton  
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas. 
Size: 508mm x 406mm. 
Date of Work: 2103
Postage: TBC.   
 
Ref no: RW/004   Price: £375.00 
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HMS Mersey, oil on canvas by marine artist Ross Watton
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