John studied painting at the Camberwell School of Art followed by postgraduate study in printmaking and painting at the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and painting, where he developed an interest in etching (aquatint). He subsequently undertook a postgraduate course in Fine Art Printmaking at the Central School of Art & Design. John then started to exhibit his work on a regular basis in London, Chester and Wales, where he had a number of one and two person shows; in addition, he exhibited in major open exhibitions such as the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. In 1985 John moved from London to North Wales, where he continued to work as a practicing artist, as well as lecturing in art at Bangor University and Coleg Llandrillo. In October 2010 he was awarded an Arts Council of Wales Research Grant. During this period he researched photo-polymer etching.
In January 2012 John was awarded a Welsh Arts Council production grant for: “Developing a body of work for exhibition in print, collage and paint using innovative techniques and utilizing local materials (Parys Mountain pigment) to explore the concepts of stress and layering, with special reference to the geology of Geo Môn (Anglesey Geopark)”
During the project he spent much time researching photo etching and ways of combining it with more traditional methods of intaglio printmaking such as using carborundum.
It is the multi- faceted possibilities in the different variations of layering and cracking within trees and rocks that manifest in the existence of nature that are inspiring this work.