The artist was born in the Rocky mountains of British Columbia.
As a teenager, his family moved to Hawaii. This corner of the world had a strong influence on his imagination. John says: "It was heaven on earth!» He spent all his free time surfing and swimming, rarely missing the sunset.
At the age of 30, he began learning to draw and study Dutch masters. He spent his spare time experimenting with mixing paints and the development of techniques of brush strokes.
All his work is imbued with love for the sea and the unique nature of the tropics.