Flying Colors


If you have never seen one of Johns “Flying Colors” shows you do not want to miss it …..John uses a blank canvas and creates a portrait of a famousĀ person or object, timed to music in less than 10 minutes.

If you are lucky enough to have seen one of Johns shows in the past….make sure you see it again because you just never know who he will paint next.

You can own one of his paintings….after each show John auctions off his paintings and the proceeds go to a local charity….in the past couple years, on Fort Myers Beach John has raised more than $10,000 for local charities…

johngowdyflying2See the Sand and Paint Fly….see the Magic!!!!

John is from Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

John Gowdy “The East Coast Cowboy” now lives in Castelfranco, Italy. He has served a total of 34 years in public safety (27 years with The Atlantic City Fire Dept. and 7 years as a beach lifeguard also in Atlantic City). He takes great pride in the fact that “professional” sand sculpture has it’s roots in his hometown. After retireing in 2007, John moved to Italy where he now lives with his new Italian bride, Laura.

He has been carving sand since the late 1980’s, and has carved in many countries.
Now he has begun a new performance painting show called “Flying Colors”. This is a crazy painting show in which he paints large portraits of famous people on a spinning canvas to the music of the person who he is painting. The crowd gets involved by singing along as the portrait comes to life in the time it takes for two songs to play. The paintings are then auctioned off to the highest bidder and the proceeds help to support a number of non profit organizations who greatly need financial suppport.
John loves the Fort Myers Beach area.

“I feel at home in the sand of
Fort Myers Beach…. Maybe I shoud have
retired here… Maybe someday I will…! “

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