John was born in Big Stone Gap, a small coal mining town in Southwest Virginia. He received his doctorate in cancer epidemiology from Roswell Park Cancer Center and the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY. His professional career has taken him from New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington DC, Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee and finally to Ohio, where he worked at the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University,
John’s love and appreciation of drawing and painting began at a very young age. He received his bachelor’s degree in art from East Tennessee State University. His world of art collided with science and medicine when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 26. As a cancer survivor, he focused his art training in the medical field. While working in the department of medical illustration at Roswell Park Cancer Center, he was introduced to the field of epidemiology. From that point forward he dedicated himself to applying the science of epidemiology to helping individuals diagnosed with cancer.
His career has taken him many places but one place, Cape Cod, has always held a special meaning for him. For more than 40 years he and his family have spent summers in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod. Much of the inspiration to paint comes from his time on the Cape.
A busy career left little time for painting, but in the past few years his artistic roots were renewed and revitalized by studying with the nationally renowned artist Michael McEwan. It is through Michael’s mastery and knowledge of painting, particularly landscape painting, that John is now painting fulltime.