In the world of marine painting, John Horton is second to none, and his work is prized by collectors all over the world. A member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists and The Honourable Company of Master Mariners of Canada, Horton is the only Canadian marine artist cited in Dennis Brook-Hart’s authoritative work Twentieth Century Marine Painting.
Born in England, Horton spent several years in the Royal Navy, apprenticed in the shopfitting trade and worked as a designer and architectural artist before immigrating to Canada in 1966. In Vancouver he found the perfect environment for nurturing his life-long passion for the sea and its history.
Over the years, Horton has produced more than 1,100 paintings, all of which are meticulously researched, richly detailed and technically accurate. For his series depicting Captain George Vancouver’s 18th-century voyages of exploration and discovery, for example, Horton himself sailed Vancouver’s routes, from the Olympic Peninsula to Alaska. Many of his paintings incorporate recognizable shore features.
In 1992 John and his partner Claire Barnhardt, produced and presented an exhibition of John’s Captain Vancouver paintings to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the voyage of discovery by Captain Vancouver to this coast. This booklet was produced to compliment the exhibition and give the visitors an explanation of the paintings and the history behind Captain Vancouver’s voyage. The booklet includes 3 of the paintings John produced of Captain Cook’s voyage to this area; 20 of his Captain Vancouver paintings; and some other paintings and sketches of this area.