Ken Marschall inspires me to draw and draw again the TITANIC and his paintings are so good, that many think his paintings of the wreck are photographs! He was quiet as a child, and always drew. He was in oil paints which is for the advanced painters at the age of 4. He would draw plains, trains, and yes boats. He drew his first picture of the TITANIC when he was sixteen after seeing "Titanic" starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stynwick, and hasn't stopped. His first real commission was by Walter Lord the author of A Night To Remember and the top Titanic expert at that time. Walter Lord and Ken had been in touch, since Ken was able to find out his address and ask him what he needed to know about the ship in detail. Ken painted for Walter Lord, a picture of the Titanic entering New York. Over the years, he has collected information, designs, and photographs of the Titanic. He has also collected things from Titanic's identical sister, Olympic which was scrapped and it's pieces now distributed throughout all the world. During that time, he and fellow Titanic Historian Don Lynch had gotten the information about survivors, and had visited them asking for their accounts of the disaster. Two of those survivors were Edwina Troutt, and Ruth Becker. When the Titanic was found, he got all the information he could about the wreck and the pictures from magazines. Then, he did his first painting of the wreck. It was accepted by Time Magazine for their cover on the story. By now, Ken Marschall is one of the most respected and influential Titanic Historian and Artist in the world of Titanic Mania. He has undergone commissions for him to paint shipwrecks and ships. He was actually a part of the team with Robert Ballard that found the TITANIC and the Bismark. He did the paintings for "Inside the TITANIC", "TITANIC an Illustrated History," and tons of other books of which you can find anywhere. His work is very detailed for instance if you look through the book "Ghost Liners," you'll see a painting by Ken Marschall of the Lusitania Wreck. That painting is so detailed and painstakingly painted, that I don't think anyone would be able to paint that well. Ken Marschall is one of the most famous maritime painters in the world today.