John studied Fish and Wildlife Biology at the University of Guelph where he received an Honours degree. During summers and after graduating John worked on contract for the Ministry of Natural Resources as far south as Wingham, Ontario and as far north as Moosonee, Ontario. John would spend considerable time in the Canadian wilderness during these contracts sometimes several months at a time.
John learned carving from books using hand tools until he met Hal MaCray who introduced him to power carving. He took lessons from Howard Stockwell and learned a great deal about decoy carving from Howard.
John now lives and works in his wilderness studio near North Bay, Ontario with his wife Ann and their Cocker Spaniel. In the summer you'll often find John and his family wilderness canoe tripping in the Canadian North.
Although John enjoys all types of carving, his passion is Wildlife Sculpture and applies his knowledge of wildlife biology and nature to each sculpture he does.