John is at heart an observational painter who likes to work on location whenever possible in order to experience and react to his surroundings directly. Much of his work, in oil or watercolour, is started en plein air and completed in the studio with the aid of photographs and sketches. His drawing skills, honed in his former work in graphic art and design, enable him to tackle often complicated subjects with confidence that evocative and expressive brushwork is underpinned by sound construction.
John divides his time between producing new work, painting to commission, teaching, demonstrating, and writing articles on technique, several of which have been published in The Artist magazine. He has staged many one-man shows and has contributed work to The Pure Watercolour Society at Windrush and The Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition in the Mall Galleries.