1946 - 2017

Joe Crowfoot

Raymond Ernest Crowfoot, but known as Joe, was born at Beccles, Suffolk in 1946, son of Ernest William Crowfoot (10 October 1904-1991) and his wife Emma née Pigney (6 July 1909-1983), who married at Loddon, Norfolk in 1928. Joe came from a long line of Lowestoft fishermen, his father Ernest worked in the herring industry from 1915 until the mid 1930s. Joe's early working life was spent on the barges which were used to maintain the Norfolk Broads, during which time he taught himself the craft of making ships in bottles, this was followed by experiments with canvas and brush, and in a very short time there was sufficient demand for his work to make it a full-time career. Joe’s vivid studies of fishing vessels have found their way into ship’s wardrooms, company boardrooms, maritime museums, as well as onto walls of private collectors all over the world, they have also been featured in 'Sea Breezes' and other publications. Joe extended his artistic appeal to a wider audience with paintings of Norfolk wherries, steam trains, rural landscapes, and aircraft paintings, including many American 5th Air Force veterans, who had commissioned studies of the 'Fortress' and 'Liberator' aircraft, which they flew from East Anglian bases during the Second World War. Joe was a member of the Beccles Society of Artists with a studio at 17 Denmark Road, Beccles, Suffolk, and many examples of Joe's work have been used as greetings cards and used in several books during his career. He exhibited throughout the eastern counties, as well as at the Mall Galleries in London. He married in the Lothingland district of Suffolk on 1 August 1970, Jeanette Shipley and they had an only son John. Raymond Ernest Crowfoot died at Beccles on 27 July 2017.

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