John studied at Sunderland College of Art, Sunderland College of Education and King Alfred’s College Winchester in fine art and education. He pursued a successful career in teaching and headship for many years. He lives and paints in the Vale of York and in the Yorkshire Dales, a wonderful environment and source of inspiration for the artist. Over recent years, John has balanced his work between studio painting and plein air taking advantage of the immense space and splendour of North Yorkshire. When we’re out gazing at a landscape we don’t usually fix our eyes on every petal, leaf or building. What we remember is how the view made us feel. Trying to capture that feeling in a painting is John’s artistic challenge.