John was born in Boldon Colliery. He grew up in the Tyne Dock and Ocean Road areas of South Shields during the Second World War.

He went to Stanhope Road Secondary School and then on to the Art School on Mowbray Road, South Shields.


On leaving art college he was offered a job with David Allen, the advertising company, where he worked as a graphic designer.


John spent over forty years working in the advertising and design industry in Newcastle and Tyneside. His work was often seen in company logos such as Newcastle Airport and South Tyneside Council.


South Shields Libraries have been a great supporter of his work over the past fifteen years with their annual exhibitions and Christmas card sales.


In 2005 John was involved in a project with South Shields Libraries which celebrated the visit of the Tall Ships to the Tyne.
The resulting exhibition produced much interest in his work. Over the years since, he has received many commissions from crew members who have sailed on these wonderful ships.
John says he gets endless pleasure from painting tall ships. Capturing their natural beauty amongst wind, light and sea is a most fulfilling process.


John’s painting skills have recently helped Niall Quinn’s appeal for funds for the Sunderland AFC Foundation of Light.

This charity inspires and educates children throughout the north-east through the medium of football.


John still loves to paint and his work is very much in demand. However, he also likes to spend time with family. His great grandson, Owen, is a welcome distraction.

“I’ve done all sorts of paintings over the years. I love working with watercolours and I particularly enjoy painting horses, aircraft and tall ships. I find it all very relaxing”.