Anyone who is familiar with the paintings of Jack L. Gray, can see in them his kinship with the sea. Combining this kinship with his artistic abilities, Gray created a successful career for himself as a marine artist. His work continues to be admired and sought after by museums and collectors alike. His first hand knowledge of the subject matter is part of the reason for his success, having spent an endless amount of time on all types of boats, exploring where sea meets shore, to experiencing life at sea far beyond the sight of land. Much of Gray’s work reflects his native Nova Scotia, though he also captured the Maritime culture of other waters, including New York Harbour and the Bahamas. Gray knew the maritime ways of life he painted and appreciated were fast disappearing, and an era filled with great change was fast approaching. Through the historical records Gray’s work provides us, we are able to remember and appreciate our maritime heritage.