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Popular Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot dies aged 71

PUBLISHED: 15:45 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 09 August 2017

Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant.

Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant.

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An artist known for capturing breathtaking scenes of the seas and the skies has died after battling cancer.

Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant. Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant.

Joe Crowfoot, who died at the age of 71, spent more than 30 years as a self-employed painter and had a particular eye for nautical scenes.

Born in Beccles in 1946, Mr Crowfoot grew up in Gillingham before meeting his future wife Nettie in 1964.

Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant. Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant.

The pair bonded through a shared love of motorbikes and married on August 1, 1970.

Originally working for the river board, Mr Crowfoot launched a career as a painter in 1980, living in Beccles with his wife and their only son John, now 41.

Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant. Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Archant.

John said: “Growing up I always remember my dad’s job being very different to the other children at school and being immensely proud of that fact.

“I remember my art teacher at school knowing who he was and expecting me to be better at it because I was Joe Crowfoot’s son. However, I was never good at it, although he would often allow me to add something little like a gull to his paintings.”

Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Keiron Tovell Beccles artist Joe Crowfoot. Picture: Keiron Tovell

Mrs Crowfoot, 68, said: “He was never a trained artist, it was just a natural thing he could do. Both his father and his grandfather wored in the fishing industry, so I think that was what inspired him to do maritime scenes - that part of them lived on in his art.”

He would also often paint military aircrafts and steam engines, and his works have even been displayed as far afield as South Africa.

Painting by Joe Crowfoot at the Lowestoft Maritime Museum.  Picture: Archant. Painting by Joe Crowfoot at the Lowestoft Maritime Museum. Picture: Archant.

However, Mr Crowfoot’s creativity was not restricted to just when he had a brush in his hands. A keen musician, he and his son used to perform together in a folk act, the Ploughjockeys.

Alongside his musical hobby, he would also hand-craft his own stringed instruments and built ships in bottles.

His son added: “He would always find the humour in everything. I remember one time he had been in hospital and was given a special bottle to take home - so he made it into a violin.”

Mrs Crowfoot said: “He would do absolutely anything for me, and gave me everything I wanted. We have had so many lovely messages since his death.”

His son added: “People have not just been remembering his art, but also his warmth and kindness, which really means a lot.”

He died on July 27, with his funeral taking place on Friday, August 18 at Waveney Crematorium at 10am.

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