Born in Scotland in 1945, John studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1963 - 1967 and at Jordanhill College of Further Education from 1967 - 1968. In 1992 he completed a BA Arts Degree with the Open University.
Between 1970 and 1980, John worked as a freelance book illustrator in London for publishers Evans Brothers, Hamlyns, Oxford University Press and Macmillans. Fr...om 1980 he concentrated on his love of portraiture and landscapes.
He has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Pastel Society, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In 1982 he was a finalist in the Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award.
John works in a wide range of mediums including oils, gouache, pastel, watercolour and pen and ink.His portrait work ranges from profiles which capture the character and dignity of age, to others where it is the innocence of childhood that is portrayed. His landscapes celebrate dramatic coastlines and beaches and vast moody skies.
He has painted people from all walks of life, from grand official commissions of Chairmen of Councils, Masters of colleges, Headmasters and Chief Executives to smaller more intimate portraits of individuals or family groups. Commissions include Sir Brian Heap, Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and Sir Roy Watts, CBE, Chairman of Thames Water.
In landscapes, his work ranges from the windswept Scottish beaches and hills and large East Anglian skies, to the glowing colours of France and the play of light on water and architecture in Venice.
John teaches his own private day schools on portraiture, life-drawing and landscape painting. He also demonstrates regularly to art groups and Societies.
Recent awards include the Daler Rowney Award at Patchings National Art Competition 2010' Senellier Award at Patchings National Art Competition 2011 and Rowland Hilder Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 2012.