Biography

Thank you for visiting my site - I hope my art brings you some joy and pleasure.

As for many people, nature is a constant source of inspiration and sanity for me.  It is a troubling time in human history as we continue to witness the industrial scale assault on the natural world, despite knowing better.  I hope that by continuing to remind people of the beauty and majesty of the natural world, we can help start to turn the tide of destruction to a tsunami of care and restoration.

I live in Cairns in far north Queensland, Australia and have two wonderful teenage daughters.  I was born and raised in South Africa where I completed my MSc in Conservation Biology.  My day job is working on climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and communities in the Torres Strait, a remote group of islands located between the tip of the Australian mainland and Paupu New Guinea. 

My art is a form of meditation for me that usually happens in the dead of night when all is quiet, and I can disappear into the detail of a fold in an ear or the texture of a rock.  I am a largely a self taught artist and I am inspired by the great wildlife artists of our time, including Ray Harris Ching, Guy Coheleach, Robert Bateman and WIlliam (Bill) Cooper, who I was extremely fortunate to be able to call a friend.

I try to combine the discipline of a scientist with the creativity of an artist whilst trying to convey the essence and majesty of my subjects. I like to experiment with a wide range of media, but my firstly loves are oils and pencil.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments or just to say hi.

John