Associate Member of Federation of Canadian Artists. Vancouver. B.C. A.F.C.A
Signature member of O.S.A (The Ontario Society of Artists)
Honorary Signature member of I.P.A.P. ( International Plein Air Painters.
Co-Founder of Plein-Air Canada
John's love for art began in England at a very early age as he discovered the great satisfaction derived from his ability to draw and paint. His family moved to Canada when he was 11 years old where he continued developing his artistic skills eventually became an art major at H.B. Beal Tech. in London, Ontario with subsequent studies at O.C.A.D. in Toronto.
John started his artistic career as a designer/ illustrator and after winning an international design award in his field he was recruited by a large design company in Chicago where he and his wife and family lived until moving back to Toronto where he
began a successful career as an architectural illustrator. John worked with some of the World's leading Architects and developers and achieved recognition in that field with “Best of the Eighties” award for his work on the World Financial Centre in New York City.
John’s ongoing passion for landscape painting was deeply influenced by many artists including Richard Schmid who’s work he was introduced to while in Chicago in the 60’s.
John currently lives in Victoria B.C. and divides his time between painting en plein-air, in the studio and sharing his artistic skills through workshops across Canada.
"The quest for eloquence in my painting is continuous. Strong design elements, an appropriately chosen colour palette, spontaneous brush work and underlying luminosity are key elements that allow me to share with others what I see and feel."
A playwright once wrote: “Without doubt, beauty is to be found everywhere, but it takes an artist to see it and understand it.”
A painting should have substance that creates an emotional response, make a statement or give rise to thought and conversation.
I appreciate all forms of art whether decorative, non-objective or representational. My preference is to use my artistic skills to bring an awareness of the beauty that surrounds us and the environment that we take for granted.
I paint only subjects or experiences that I have personally encountered and strive to share the emotions that I feel about the subject as eloquently and creatively as possible.
“ My goal is to share with others what my eyes see, my heart feels and my soul yearns to understand”
Art major H.B. Beal Secondary, London, Ontario
Studied at Ontario College of Art. Toronto Ontario.
Studied portraiture with John Howard Sanden and Richard Whitney. Vermont U.S.
Watercolour courses with Christopher Schink and Frank Webb. Toronto.
Participant in P.A.P.A. Plein air workshop in Bennington. Vermont.
Conducted painting workshops at
Coast Collective Victoria BC 2017 2018 2019
Leading Edge Workshops. Edmonton. Calgary Winnipeg 2015 2016 2017
Bear Valley B.C. 2015 2016
Amherst Island Ontario 2015 2016 2017
Haliburton. Ontario. for Fleming College.
2010. 2011. 2012. 2013 2014 2015 2016
Conducted Plein-Air workshops on Amherst Island and Belleville for Loyalist College.
2009. 2010. 2011 2014 2015
Conducted Plein-Air workshop on Quadra Island British Columbia. September 2008
Conducted plein-air workshop Gibsons B.C. July 2010
Conducted plein-air workshop Algoma Ontario, September 2010 2011
Oil. Acrylic and Watercolour Demos and workshops.
The Toronto Watercolour Society.
The Willowdale group of Artists.
The Mississauga Art Society.
The Neilsen Park Creative Centre.
The Scarborough Arts Guild.
The Markham group of Artists.
The Don Valley Art Group.
The Artists at Gibson's. Alliston Ontario.
• Awards Commissions and Exhibits.
• First prize. Wildlife exhibit F.C.A. Vancouver B.C. May 2018
• Awarded Active membership of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Vancouver B.C. 2017
Awarded 2nd. Place. 1st. Annual Cavan / Millbrook Outdoor painting Festival. 2016
Won “Best Canadian tranquil landscape” award in the Arabella contest 2016.
Honourable mention. “ F.C.A. “Canvas unbound” Vancouver B.C. 2016
Award of Excellence. F.C.A. “Works on Paper” Vancouver B.C. 2013
I.P.A.P. Founders Award Niagara Falls. ON/ N.Y. Set. 2006
Exhibited at TOAS for five years. Niagara on the Lake and California.
Artwork exhibited at the London Regional Art and Historic Museum for “Bealart: 80 years of
Experiment” March 1998
Artwork published in “Architecture in Pen and Ink” 1995
Artwork published in “The Art of Architectural Illustration” 1994
Artwork in the “Art of Architecture” show at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto. 1992
Osgoode Hall watercolour painting for Weir and Foulds solicitors, Toronto. 1992
Numerous corporate commissions including “The Orient Express” Zurich, Switzerland. 1989
The ‘Best of the 80’s” Award for artwork done on the World Financial Center, New York. N.Y.
First Grand International Award for NESA Chicago, Illinois 1961