Work from the early 1980s explored the melancholy of old buildings in mostly deserted inner city areas; investigating shuttered windows and solid, but defaced doors. Occasional use of the human figure added to a feeling of loneliness.
During the mid-eighties a time looking at and painting old fishing boats, captured that same sense of abandonment and questioning.
On arriving in Perth in1986 was struck by the intense colour and light and worked on a series of extremely realistic beach scenes, incorporating people.
Thereafter John worked on a series of window paintings using oils which culminated in a solo exhibition in 1997. These paintings explored windows as an intriguing foil to life; looking in and looking out. The series included some paintings looking at architecture and the landscape, focusing on Rottnest Island, Beverley and York.
In recent years John has interpreted both the Australian and European landscape, capturing the subtleties of colour and light using a spontaneous and increasingly spontaneous technique using pastels and oil.
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