John graduated from the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He teaches portrait and figure drawing at Stanford University (Continuing Studies) and painting as a faculty member of the Triton Museum of Art. His paintings are shown in galleries in London, Dublin, Florence, Charleston and Santa Fe.

John earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico.

His focus is portraiture.

         

I believe that drawing and painting are fundamentally about a search for visual truth in nature- in the objects of still life, the landscapes around us, and the faces and figures of models and clients. The real work lies in an effort to establish and maintain an honest inner dialogue... essentially, to "turn off" one's rational argument for "how something should look" and simply, plainly, honestly observe and record what I do see."

As a close friend once shared:

 
  "If you seek the miraculous, look to the ordinary.
But look very carefully."