We are pleased to discover the rising star of the maritime illustration world, Sean Chambers is undertaking a new exciting project focusing on illustrations of 12 historic, ex RNLI Lifeboats. So far Sean has illustrated the mighty Clyde Class, 70-002, Grace Patterson Richie, the ex St. David’s, Dunbar and Shoreham, 47’ Watson Class, Joseph Soar. Both of these vessels are now in the care of Bernard Condon in Coleraine.
Shaun has now started on an illustration of 44-001, the US Coastguard Cutter “The Yank”, that was effectively the prototype of the RNLI Waveney Class. She now resides in the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection at Chatham Historic Dock.
Father of 6, Sean lives and works in the Gwynedd coastal town of Tywyn.
Most of Sean’s freelance work comes in the form of commissioned boat portraits for clients around the world and marks a return to the subject of his chosen studies at the University of Central Lancs.
Sean’s wife’s family are all commercial fishermen working from the Welsh village of Aberdyfi. His brother in law and father in law both owe their lives to the RNLI after their boat struck rocks and sank around 7 years ago and they were plucked from the water by the RNLI Aberdyfi crew.
Sean himself questions whether he would have made the return swim to shore after he and a colleague swam out to the assistance of a boy pulled out to sea in a rip tide. They’d reached the boy and were starting to swim back when, much to their relief, the local lifeboat turned up in a most timely fashion and immediately took all three of them onboard. As a result of these rescues Sean and his family have enthusiastically fund raised locally for the RNLI ever since.
Sean said that the involvement of Historic Lifeboat owners and enthusiasts with his project so far has been absolutely fantastic and that discovering the history of each lifeboat makes the whole process even more interesting for him. He asked for nominations for the subjects of his Historic Lifeboat illustrations and is still open to suggestions for some of the remaining artworks.
Drawing materials for the project have been very generously supplied by Unipins (fine liner pens) & Poscas (paint pens).
Discussions with the RNLI are ongoing with the exciting possibility (tbc) of Poole HQ hosting a final exhibition of Sean’s Historic Lifeboat series incorporating some additional illustrations depicting key events in the RNLI’s history.
Lifeboat Enthusiasts are welcome to email Shaun with further subject suggestions and ideas at;
firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Seancillustration/
The completed illustrations are available to order at his website https://seanchambersillustration.bigcartel.com/