John is an Atlantic City, NJ, USA native artist who has relocated to Castelfranco, Italy near Venice to pursue his interest in the arts. He sculpts sand, marble, and paints for audiences around the world. Education: He has graduated from Stockton State University and majored in both Fine Art and Physics. Both of which have come in very handy in his life as an artist. Past Career: He is a retired fire fighter having served 27 years in The Fire Department of Atlantic City. He earned the rank of captain and was in charge of the special operations and hazardous materials teams. He also worked for 7 years as a beach lifeguard in Atlantic City, NJ. Sand Sculptor: John has been sculpting sand for over 30 years and has a sand sculpture company. He and his wife, Laura Cimador Gowdy recently carved sand at The Vatican in Rome for Pope Francis. “We were invited to carve The Holy Father’s hometown church in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 400 lbs. of sand from the River Piave. There were many World War 2 battles fought on this very sand. We thought it to be an appropriate medium to promote world peace. We were very fortunate to meet the Pope and he really appreciated our effort. “I believe you cannot stand still in the arts. You must keep evolving as an artist while experimenting with new ideas and techniques. One medium or technique compliments another. Always press forward with your eyes wide open and find your own way.
This is the life of a true artist.”
John is from Atlantic City, New Jersey and started sculpting in 1990.