Initially educated in fine art, John received his education at the Manchester College of Art and Manchester University in England. He began his career as a commercial artist, working for PE&E as head illustrator and company artist, and then partnered with Joan Chalmers to form J. J. Commercial Art Inc.
John’s lifetime interest in flying and sailing is reflected in his art. He is a member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, the American Society of Aviation Artists & a Friend member of the Guild of Aviation Art in the U.K. Locally, he is a member of the Stouffville Studio Tour and the Society of York Region Artists. John was awarded first prize of “Art Flight 2007” at the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. His artwork is in permanent collections at the National War Museum, Ottawa; the RCAF Museum, Trenton; the National Aviation Museum, Ottawa; the Bowman Collection, Newmarket; and the Millennium Collection which is presently touring Canada.
John loves to sketch and paint, whether it be a teapot or a landscape. When requested, he continues to give demos and instruction. As he quotes:“There are no secrets in art.”