Life is concerned with the encroachment of death. Art is a means of attempting to interpret this not only for oneself but also for others. Paintings and poetry are John’s small means of trying to come to terms with all this.
He uses Landscape as an atavistic link back to somewhere distant – to a place worth remembering. Birds too are a constant in his work, for their enigmatic and lively presence – strangely divine in character and hopeful for the future. Corris will provide a location where both will be ever present, and a source perhaps of new directions in his practice.