John Gowdy

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Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Current home base: Castelfranco, Italy

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John is an American who has relocated to Castelfranco, Italy to pursue his interest in art. He is a retired fire captain having served 27 years in the Fire Department of Atlantic City. He also worked for 7 years as a beach lifeguard in Atlantic City. John majored in both Fine Art and Physics at Stockton State University. He has been sculpting sand for over 25 years and has a sand sculpture company “Sand Sculptures by John Gowdy & Company LLC”. He manages and organizes both amateur and professional sand events around the world. He has earned many international titles in sand sculpture including:
2-time World Champion by people’s choice in British Columbia, Canada
5-time American Champion in Fort Myers, Florida, USA
4-time North American Champion in Virginia Beach, USA
International Champion in Quebec, Canada and Jesolo, Italy

Additionally, John has a show called Flying Colors during which he throws paint and sand onto a large spinning canvas to the sound of music. After about 5 minutes or two songs, he captures the likeness of famous people. The paintings are then sold for charity. He has performed this painting show in five countries: Italy, Britain, Singapore, Canada, and the USA.

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