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David Thimgan

1955-2003

David Thimgan was born in Inglewood, California in 1955 and gained a reputation as America's leading historical marine artist. He was one of the leaders in a new generation of maritime artists and specialised in portrayals of ships on the West Coast of the United States. He was self taught and encouraged by his father to paint and draw at an early age. Thimgan conducted extensive research work for his paintings, traveling to many West Coast ports to gather material for his portraits of 19th century ships. He began painting as a professional in 1978.

Thimgan was a member of the US Naval Institute and a fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists. He was awarded the Mystic International Award of Excellence and two Rudolph J Shaefer Awards.