Born in 1938, John developed an interest in painting as a young boy. On leaving school, he began an apprenticeship in Devon port dockyard, then went on to engineering career. This background now has a strong influence on his painting, and most of the artists who have influenced John have been seascape painters. He paints in an impressionistic style in oils, with bold, free brushstrokes – looking for a composition that has reflected light and shadow. He says it is usually this which grabs his attention in the first place and is a constant inspiration.

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