Despite specialising in illustration in art college, John worked for many years in advertising and then teaching. He has only been able to paint full-time in the past few years but loves having the time to indulge in painting – having won quite a few awards, at the Royal Ulster Academy, The Watercolour Society of Ireland and recently got second prize in Artist of the Year In the Mall Galleries, London.
John finds beauty in the commonplace and tries to make it unique. Mostly painting the people and places of Donegal, Ireland – the people have partly formed the land but the land and its beauty have also formed the people. It is what he tries to show in his paintings.