Born in the market town of March in the heart of the black, peaty, Cambridgeshire Fenlands, John is probably best known for watercolour depictions of the wildfowl & wetlands and the dramatic sunsets that are such a feature of that unique part of East Anglian.
Primarily self-taught, John has drawn & painted all of his life and since taking voluntary redundancy from his post as senior fraud investigator with British Rail (NSE) during the privatisation and break up of the former nationalised rail industry in the 1990s, John has enjoyed some considerable success in exhibiting and selling his work and generally promoting arts & crafts in the area
Being a great admirer of the late Sir Peter Scott, who he describes as 'one of my heroes', John is particularly pleased to have been asked to paint as 'artist in residence' at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust very first annual Festival of Swans at Welney in Norfolk in 2002 and throughout the following ten years.
John has an exhibited many times at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Welney Visitor Centre and will be exhibiting at many new venues and events over the next couple of years.
The nickname by which he is widely known is, 'The Fenland Artist', and this was coined around 15 years ago by the then WWT reserve manager Darrell Stevens in advertising the first 'festival of Swans' event and appropriately, seems to have stuck.
Pochards at the WWT Centre in the East Anglian Fenlands near Welney, Norfolk