John 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 team. He also worked for 7 years as a Beach Lifeguard in Atlantic City, NJ. John has been sculpting sand for over 30 years. He and his wife, Laura Cimador-Gowdy, recently carved sand at the Vatican in Rome for Pope Francis. Of the experience he says, “We were invited to carve the Holy Father’s hometown church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, using 400lbs. of sand from the River Piave”. John believes it is important to, “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