His early success as a portrait painter saw work exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He also exhibited work of other subjects including landscapes at the New English Art Club and the Mall Gallery.
His long teaching career culminated as Senior Lecturer, Teaching Excellence at what was then the Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education from which he retired in 1997. Since then he has tutored painting trips to Turkey, Spain and India. He has also conducted numerous group visits to major art galleries and museums in European cities.
In his own work John demonstrates a passion for drawing nurtured at the Byam Shaw School and which covers a range of subjects including the human figure, portraits and landscapes. His work in oils has recently focused on plein air cloudscapes over the Dorset countryside. His watercolour and pastel work is carried out in the studio and is developed from large, detailed drawings made on the spot at Corfe Castle and elsewhere. This traditional process of working from drawings enables him to freely develop a series of strongly coloured and dramatic images from the initial study.