John studied painting on various evening courses at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in the Seventies, as well as with Henry Healy RHA, the late renowned landscape artist and teacher. It is through Healy that he first met his colleagues in Back Lane Painters - they were all Healy's students. He has painted and exhibited with them now for over thirty years.
He has exhibited in the main Irish annual exhibitions, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Oireachtas exhibitions. He is a founder member of The Portmarnock Art Group.