After a diversity of occupations that included creative
lighting designer and pub landlord, changing circumstances
gave John the opportunity to realise a lifelong ambition
to become an artist specialising in the depiction of
the steam railway.
A move to a cold 300 year old house on the banks of the
River Severn at Bridgnorth, close to the Severn Valley
Railway, provided a perfect inspirational environment.
A large canvas depicting SR Pacific Taw Valley painted
on site in December 1987 was displayed in The Railwayman's
Arms, at Bridgnorth Station, attracting much criticism
by Severn Railway staff and volunteers. It became painfully
obvious that a greater knowledge of the subject would
be required so John started working as a volunteer.
At present, John's life is dominated by long hours of
painting but is happy in the knowledge that a few pints
of real ale in The Railwayman's Arms will be his reward
at the end of the day.