in Jarrow in 1950, John studied Landscape Architecture at
Leeds Polytechnic, qualifying in 1976.
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.
1985 he decided to take the plunge, by leaving his job and
taking up full time painting. 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.
Over the past 28 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 eg. Sharp
Edge Gallery in Keswick, The Lion Gallery in Penrith,
Courtyard Gallery in Appleby.
In 1989 John
achieved his lifelong ambition of moving permanently to the
several years of being involved in the running of the
Mountain Painters Gallery in Patterdale and Sharp Edge
Gallery in Keswick, John opened Stoddah
Farm Studio to display his paintings and prints. This is
situated adjacent to his home and is open to visitors
whenever John or anyone else is around. As there are no
strict opening times it may be best to ring before visiting.