British marine artist Roy Cross has been beckoned by the sea’s siren song since boyhood. At age 15, he worked for a Thames shipping office and fell in love with both the beauty of ships and the ocean. Cross was initially an illustrator for aviation magazines and Air Force manuals during World War II. Illustrating model kit boxes after the war, Cross found he disliked the limitations of commercial art, and turned to marine painting. Achieving immediate success with his dramatic images of watercraft, Cross is still hailed as an unsurpassed painter of historical marine vessels.