John’s interest in creating art was first evident in the late 1950’s (he’s 80 now!) at the Royal High School in Edinburgh where he was strongly encouraged by the art staff. A career in art was not to be, however (lack of available finance) so he started as an apprentice surveyor being paid £1 a week.
He became a chartered surveyor and moved into the public sector latterly becoming General Manager of the Bermuda Housing Corporation on secondment. He retired from that in 1990, returned to Edinburgh, went to University to study theology and became a Church of Scotland minister retiring from that in 2005, allowing him to take up painting seriously after a gap of nearly 50 years.
Largely self-taught, he has painted full time in his studio in Edinburgh and in his recently built studio in the garden of the family home in Weem, Aberfeldy. His work has been accepted on occasion by the Royal Scottish Association of Artists and Architecture (RSA) and the Royal Society of Artists in Watercolour (RSW), he has shown in galleries throughout Scotland and has work in private collections in the UK and overseas.
He paints landscapes and still life in acrylic and watercolour. When asked for a statement of his art philosophy and principles his usual answer is ‘I don’t have any – I just paint’.