Although John was trained as a Production Engineer, he has been a hobby artist since primary school days in Melbourne. He was inspired by his father Fred Everard, also a hobby artist, who painted scenes from the hills and rivers of north east Victoria where he grew up and where he frequently returned with the family.
Now that John is retired he has found more time to pursue and develop his artistic skills with practice and by seeking the encouragement and training available within the Heidelberg Artists Society. (now a past President). Exhibiting in various shows over the years has brought enough sales and interest to maintain his momentum for painting, although his motivation to paint is usually not about sales. He usually paints with acrylic or oil colour, but has been trained with watercolour and enjoys the challenges this latter medium brings. (Watercolour paints seem to know when you are afraid of them.)
He enjoys a variety of subject matter, although landscapes and seascapes are the most frequent. Most commissions have involved a building or scene known to the client, which brings its own challenges. His style is mainly tonal impressionist but lately painting in a more modern ‘graphical’ style for some of his work. He has also enjoyed two trompe l’oeil paintings.
The first main exhibition was at Warracknabeal and was well received and successful from a sales viewpoint, having used the local area for subject
Also John tackles traditional Acylic/ oil