John began his career teaching painting to young offenders in a local youth prison. He painted in his spare time and demand for his work began to increase. He found working with these young people very rewarding, encountering a wealth of talent that would normally have gone unrecognised. He tried to encourage them to see this as a new adventure, and it fostered his belief that art can change lives. As his style developed and he honed his skills John watched the value of his work rise through doing various commissions for art collectors. Before long he found that he had enough commissions to become a full time artist.
John Waterhouse is acknowledged as one of Britain's most talented and versatile oil painters. His highly acclaimed paintings range from mountains shrouded in mist to exquisitely portrayed female figures, and reflect his passion for the beauty he sees in people, places and objects. Over the last 10 years he has established a reputation as an artist of substance and his work is becoming increasingly collectable.
His creative process is painstaking and meticulous, as he explains: "Before I start any painting I have to feel confident about the composition and balance of the picture, sometimes spending days or even a weeks producing sketches and collecting reference material in the form of photographs as well as using my memory. This may even involve producing a very detailed scale drawing and watercolour sketches. I then proceed with the painting, working mainly in oil.