His love for travel, adventure and the sea are evident in his paintings. J H Mohrmann was a ship painter in the early 1900's. He painted tall ships for captains that came to port in Antwerp from all over the world. It was what he did for a living and after spending years at sea, he was skilled at painting various ships in water. Paintings that could make you feel like you were rising and falling along with the clear blue waves.
Recently I was honoured with an invitation to the private showing of Mr. J H Mohrmann's art work, with some of his paintings dating back as late as 1884.
It was a small famiily event at a home in Barrhead Alberta. Binders of their family history lay out for browsing, small sketches done by the very young John Henry were neatly placed on the piano. Old black and white family photos were on display. What a lovely experience, to be invited to look at this collection of work, knowing I was surrounded by the artists family, while hearing stories of how certain pieces were acquired from places all over the world.
The painting was eventually returned to Johanna in Bloomsbury Alberta years after John Henry died (1916).
Isn't it amazing how moving across the world changes what and how you paint...
I want to thank my friend Ingrid for inviting me to this showing - what an honour... and a wonderful collection of family history. Ingrid mentioned that the story of how John Henry met Johanna is quite romantic ... I look forward to hearing it one day :)