John’s art education followed an apprenticeship style of training with the artist and teacher Robert Fraser. A borderer by birth, his love of the rugged and wilder country of Scotland’s north west saw him move to Skye in 1992 and it is this landscape which inspires his work. John now works from his studio at Roskhill, just south of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye.
John works in various media and likes to explore ways of applying paint and collage to create his interpretations of the elements that shape the Scottish landscape. He works with water-based media which allows a flow of ideas, from thin layered washes to thickly applied acrylic with collage integrated into the paint. Work in oils has begun to feature again and some very effective images are produced with the use of collage alone.