'QE II Entering New York'
'Working the Weather'
the fourth of July in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, James Flood has been
sketching and painting from the time he was able to hold a crayon.
Restless and distracted at school, he stubbornly persisted in developing
his talent, much to the dismay of his family. Often he escaped his studies
and instead traversed the local creeks and waterways of Philadelphia to
navigate the ship models he built in stolen hours. Today, this dogged
loyalty to his art is manifested in the staggering amount of work that he
Joining the Navy in 1967, Jim served on the LAFFEY, the WRIGHT, and then
as quartermaster on the U.S.S. NEW JERSEY. This was a dream come true.
Captured on film from a recent visit to the U.S.S. NEW JERSEY, a
reminiscent Jim slouches against the wall of the fifth deck room where he
had formerly spent much of his free time painting and playing the piano.
Apparently, not even a war could deter Jim from his passions, and the
image from one of his works painted during this passage was used as the
end covers for the U.S.S. NEW JERSEY history book. The painting itself
remains at the Naval Historical Museum in Washington, D.C.
Jim's work is on display at the Naval Institute in Annapolis, the Wiley
Post Museum in Oklahoma City, the Olympia Memorial in Philadelphia, the
Battleship Alabama in Mobile, the Biscayne Bay Harbor Pilots Association
in Miami, the Washington Historical Museum, the Queen Mary, the Mystic
Seaport, The U.S.S. Texas, the U.S.S. New Jersey, and the Historical
Museum of South Florida, as well as on the bridges of many cruise liners.
Jim's art has appeared in the Naval Institute's Naval History Magazine,
Steam Boat Bill, the Journal for the Steamship Historical Society of
America, Pictorial Histories, Sea Classics Magazine, Preston's, and
Military History Magazine.
His paintings have been used in the sets of a 20th Century Fox film, Speed
Two and at a Memphis Exhibition on the Titanic in 1997, as well as on the
set of Frasier. New Florida on WPBS ran a piece in February of 2002
displaying his artwork and lifestyle.
In 1996 the Duke of Edinburgh invited him aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia
to present his painting of the yacht to the Dukeís Trust. Jimís more
recent works include a series of seven paintings for the Queen Mary 2.