David M. Boone – Marine Artist
David was born in Camden, NJ in 1946. He recalls his stirring for art as early as the 4th grade, when he did his first painting in poster colors on cardboard. As a youngster, his family lived in the Fairview section of Camden, along the Newton Creek. Venturing out in his father’s homemade rowboats, he enjoyed capturing the river traffic, from ships to the ever-present tugboats, in pencil sketches. Along with the nearby New York Shipbuilding Corporation building vessels of all types, he knew at a young age that he would find his place in the maritime community.
In 1960 he traded a crude painting for a ride on the Curtis Bay Towing Company tugboat REEDY POINT. As they say, the rest is history. During the 1960’s he would ride the tugs and paint the scenes he observed. He also learned the tugboat business. In March, 1971 he started full time employment with Curtis Bay as a dispatcher. Rising through the ranks, he was promoted to Operations Manager in 1992. After 28 years in the tugboat industry, he retired at the end of 1999.
Now painting full time, he has honed his self-taught skills to produce vivid, well-detailed watercolor paintings of ships and tugboats. This award-winning artist continues to paint commissions for the maritime community. His extensive knowledge and artistic ability combines to make his maritime subjects come alive.
David and his wife Ruth reside in Oaklyn, NJ. Their children Steve and Tracy have left the nest and started families of their own. The parents now enjoy spoiling their grandchildren, Jack, Emily and Ryan.
David is the past-president of the Tugboat Enthusiasts Society and writes a column on tugboats for the Steamship Historical Society’s magazine “Steamboat Bill”. Since 2001 he has given his time and talent as a restoration volunteer aboard the Battleship NEW JERSEY in Camden, NJ. As an avid researcher, he is volunteering his skills at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE and the Independence Seaport Museum at Penns Landing in Philadelphia, PA. His long range goal is to tell the commercial history of Delaware River in paint and print for all to enjoy!