The first question I'm often asked is why is my business called 'Sarnia Watercolours'? Is it some obscure anagram of my name?
The answer is that Sarnia is the Roman name for Guernsey; second largest of the Channel Islands, ancestral homeland and a personal touchstone.
I cannot rationalise my affection for all things maritime; it may have been instilled during those long, summer holidays on Guernsey...…..or maybe it's just 'in the blood' (Sebire is a Norman French name meaning 'Sea bright').
I've always enjoyed art but it wasn't until my early 20's, when I was given a watercolour set, that I started painting in earnest. For subjects I inevitably turned to my fascination with ships and the sea. I was hooked and over the next few years I spent more and more of my spare time painting, results improved and ultimately friends and family suggested I try to sell my work.
In 2003 I started Sarnia Watercolours, commissions came and then I started to supply prints and greetings cards for sale on board Cunard's ships.
As a youngster I visited QE2 at Southampton and vowed someday to be involved with this legendary ship. Here I am, in 2008, standing by a display of my paintings on board. A childhood ambition fulfilled!
By 2014 I was supplying both Cunard and CMV with prints and cards, whilst also writing articles on passenger liner history, mainly for Shipping Today & Yesterday magazine.
Management and concessionaire changes at the cruise lines meant the supply agreements were terminated. Thereafter I concentrated on writing, further articles and then my first book; 'Masters of the Italian Line: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raffaello' was published in the Autumn of 2018.
2019 represents a fresh adventure, I am devoting more of my time to painting, including diversification into beach and shoreline images, whilst also working on further articles and a follow up book. Other projects and ideas are also afoot...…….watch this space.