John started painting in oils in 1964 and entered a painting in the Lloyd’s Art Group exhibition in that year. It was a ‘pointillist’ piece and it sold! The then chairman of the Lloyd’s Art Group, David Dubarry, said to him, ‘Now you know what to do’. 'Needless to say’, John said, 'I never attempted a pointillist work again!'
John’s work is representational and old fashioned and the subjects were usually landscapes or seascapes with occasional paintings of cities or buildings. His painting hero was the East Anglian artist, Edward Seago (1910-1974).