ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHYPeter Power1939-Artist and Marine Art Historian.Peter was born in 1936 and spent his early career in the Army, serving with the Airborne Forces, mainly in the Middle East. In 1965 Peter settles in a village near Guildford with, and in his spare time began to develop his interest in painting with the inspiration of the Surrey countryside around him, In 1977 Peter began specialising in marine painting with occasional landscapes and with 172 private commissions on order he decided to give up his surveying career to paint full time.The “Mary Rose Trust” and “Victory” museum were both so impressed with Peters work that limited edition prints of major paintings, “THE MARY ROSE”, “VICTORY BREAKING the LINE”, and “THE BATTLE of CAPE TRAFALGAR, have been produced and these, together with other reproductions of post cards, are sold at the respective museums and the Greenwich Maritime Museum.Encouraged by Spanish collector Rafael Pedrosa living in Madrid, (an enthusiastic follower of Peters work), Peter started work in 1988 on six large oil paintings of Christopher Columbus’s famous Voyage of Discovery to the New World; the final painting was completed in May 1990. This group of paintings combine Peter’s outstanding artistic talent with historical and maritime accuracy. The six paintings are currently on loan to a Museum in Spain with an option to purchase for around one million pounds.Peter painted twelve oil paintings called the “Famous Ships of History” over a period of six years for Robert Mitchell.My first meeting with Peter was in 1980 and the high quality of his brush work and his attention to detail impressed me. I helped Peter to develop the atmospheric quality of the sea and sky in his oil paintings. Peter must be considered one of the finest marine painters of the late 20th century.