He Chronicles the Sea With Paint and Brushes Aug. 30, 1976 p.1

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Mm m 1 1 Mfci' - to. li vA&! a S: f t ,4 V - J - :1T' lr ' JUX ,V ' "OLD SALT" Uncle Join, Uestin. artisli, fisherman, boalhuilder, recalls memories of (lie early Hays of the village of Deslin as he stands beside a large picture of a square - rigger lie painted. Thr tattoo onhis arm is a trademark of (he snllynian n the seas who recaptures in paintings those scenes as he reiiiemhers them. The dog named Itoozer is Uncle John's put. (I'tinlo by liinnia Goggin) He Chronicles the Sea With Paint and Brush Hy KMMAGOGGIN "Uncle" John A. Destin of Destin almost has lost count of the pictures of the sea ho has painted in his lifetime. What makes this unusual is that Uncle John never had an art lesson. The 79 - year - old artist, a veteran fisherman and boatbuilder, just has that gift. Mis technique with the paint brush is natural. Another unusual trait of Uncle John's is that he has never made a penny on his many paintings. He simply gives them away but only to his kinfolks and occasionally a very special friend. His hobby has its beginning years ago when his work at net fishing and boat building in the scenic village of Destin, nestled around East Pass with its blue and green - hued waters, prompted him to duplicate those scenes. "I have heen painting as long as I can remember," said Uncle John, whose interests of late also center on wood carvings, out of cedar, of fishing smacks that once plied Deslin's Gulf waters. The sea and the ships like the square - riggers and Gloucester schooners that sailed it in his day are Uncle John's favorite art subjects. Knowledge and a lot of paitience are required before the painting reaches its final finish. Uncle John possesses these attributes. His paintings of ships are authentic and he knows every sail, spar, mast, and line by the right A painting of a trim Gloucester schooner is presently emerging from his capable hands. His preference has been running to that type schooner. That may lie in the facl that the schooners arc a familiar memory of his grandfather, Capl. I - ponard Deslin, a new England seafarer, who made a landing almost 140 years ago at East Pass and founded the famous fishing village which bears bis name. According to Uncle John, the Gloucester - type schooner was used for fishing off New England, and later was used on trips out of Pensacola lo the Campcche Hanks to fish for red snapper. "The schooner first showed up aboul 1870 when Florida fishermen bought some of them l up in New England and built i others from the same model," !' Uncle John said. Years ago Uncle John sailed . his snapper catches lo Pensacola. "The most 1 ever got was nine cents a pound, "he said, noting that snapper now wholesales for SI. 10 per pound "And shrimp then was two cents per pound with the heads on and three cents per pound without," he said "You could buy it right off the boat and get all you wauled for that price," he recalled According lo Ur.clc John, 3X) pounds of shrimp was all thai the early bays of shrimping, and SMACKS - W "'""f '"" 5ma,f5' fishing inciting out a livelihood lian'Hcrntt ot "V.'ncle ' John Drslm art,,,,, the wall at Ins Looking hack over the years, collage in Destin. The smacks carvel out of cedar arc one nt Uncle John beamed with pride his interests nf late in the field of arts Deslln - style. Continued on I'agc3A (Photo by Knitiiti finggin)

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  1. Playground Daily News,
  2. 30 Aug 1976, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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