John moved to Southern California in 1956, where he grew up surfing the beaches of Orange County and hiking the arroyos and hills. He received his first box of oil-paints on his thirteenth birthday, and has spent his life pursuing his passion…painting. His professional career began in 1968 and has been intermingled with sailing/painting voyages to the Caribbean, Central America, Islands of the Pacific and Africa.  “In these times, in which forward-leaning artists have gotten far a field from the landscapes of the 1920’s era, there is something pleasing about a young man who can choose not to follow the ways of the avant-garde, who can succeed in reactivating a vision of the world which is very close to what most people seek in art.” – Paul C. Mills, Retired Director, Santa Barbara Museum of Art