John was born in Belgium in the coal-mining town of Marcinelle (known as the Black Country) in 1945. He migrated to Australia in 1969 “to have a look”, fell in love with the place and its people and 38 years later has not lost his love and passion for his adopted country.
Although, since childhood, painting (art in general) was going to be his calling… it’s only after schooling, a short dreaming period of becoming a crop dusting pilot and achieving a career in finance with IAC, that in 1976 he became a full time artist with the support of his wife Frances.
As an artist not born in Australia he feels he saw and still sees the Australian environment with a fresh eye. The charm of nostalgic 19th century settings of historic towns has won John international accolades. His work is reproduced as cards, prints, limited edition prints, calendars and books. His paintings were among the first published by Art Nouveau during its domination of fine art publishing in the late 80’s. One of his prints was second on the national list of all time best sellers. This achievement has helped his reputation to grow as one of Australia’s well sought after artists.