John lives and works in Dorset. He carves in the local stone, i.e. Portland and Purbeck limestones. Although he has always drawn and painted he began carving stone in the early 1990’s, doing carving workshops as his summer holiday. In 2005 he retrained doing the Bournemouth University and Weymouth College “Architectural Stonework and Building Conservation” degree course. Alongside the modules of architectural history, geology, planning law, context research, were the significant practical components of masonry, carving and letter cutting.
Since graduating he has worked as a building conservator, researcher, designer, carver and sculptor.
John’s sources are wide and varied. He is inspired by the early medieval art (Saxon and Romanesque) of Europe and the Byzantine, and by world ethnic and tribal art. The visual kinship that the three dimensional artefacts of different cultures exhibit is a continuing interest
Recently, and on exhibition during the 2014 Dorset Art Weeks, he has been making smaller sculptures in Purbeck marble. The sources for these are the female form and the Greek Cycladic votive figures of c2000-3000BC
Many pieces are commissioned work, and include public sculpture for the Park Rd development on the Isle of Portland
His work is in collections in England, Wales and British Columbia.