Born in Jarrow in 1950, John studied Landscape Architecture at Leeds Polytechnic, qualifying in 1976.
After several years of dabbling, without much success, he made a concentrated effort, in 1982, to improve his watercolour technique. His style developed and improved rapidly, and by 1983 he had his first exhibition at Leeds Playhouse. In 1985, he decided to take the plunge, by leaving his job and taking up full time painting.
Over the past 10 years John has had several one-man exhibitions and has been involved in many group exhibitions. His work is also continuously on display in many private galleries throughout Cumbria.
The inspiration for his paintings comes firstly from his love of watercolours as a medium and secondly from his love of the mountains. He has been a keen and active climber ever since he was first bitten by the bug in 1969. In 1989 John achieved his lifelong ambition of moving permanently to the Lake District.