John has been painting professionally since 2004. It was at this time he changed his medium to oil, after painting impressionistic landscapes in watercolour and acrylic for the previous 20 years. The change to oil has seen him win numerous art prizes including the coveted Corporate Prize at the Victor Harbor Rotary Exhibition 2007.

Born in South Australia in 1947 John’s experience began in his school years where he would have loved to attend art school but was told that he should get a real job. Although disappointed he found he enjoyed working as a Motor Body Design draftsman until his art interests were rekindled in the early eighties by a number of South Australia water colourists, whose softness of colour, light and atmosphere they created captured his imagination. John worked to improve his drawing skills and then started painting in watercolour. He exhibited with early success in sales and winning minor art prizes.

John found art a great release from the mundane tightness of day-to-day drafting activity. So much so that in 1984 he changed profession to Graphic Design, which involved more study and a lot more creativity. Although not having any formal painting tuition he was able to study colour theory and illustration within the Graphic Design course, both of which have helped his painting.

John enjoys painting outdoors and usually uses these plein air studies for larger studio work.

Recent Awards

2009    First Prize, Clare Rotary Club Art Exhibition
2009    Norm Bense Memorial Prize, Wooden Boart Art Exhibition, Goolwa SA
2008    Finalist, Waterhouse Art Prize
2007    First Prize, Victor Harbor Rotary Club Exhibition
2006    First Prize, Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill Art Exhibition
2004    Finalist, Fleurier BiennaleLandscape Art Prize

Recent Exhibitions

2013    Garden Arts Studio, Yallingup Galleries WA
2010    Fox Creek Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
2010    Stafford Studios of Fine Art
2009    Kensigton Gallery, SA
2008    Stafford Studios of Fine Art