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John, originally from Hacketstown, Co. Carlow, noe resides in Tullow with his wife, four sons and two boxer dogs. He sat his Leaving Cert. in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare.


He spent many years in the agricultural sector, working mainly with livestock. This rural experience provides him with material for his art pieces. He also worked in the timber industry designing and manufacturing wooden products for supply to garden centres. His technical drawing skills developed during this time.
John is self- taught and has been drawing since childhood.
Tullow, County Carlow, finlandHe has acquired a high degree of skill through close observation of his subject and fine attention to detail. From the Internet, John learned further technique from English pencil artist Mike Sibley, (, and features on Mike’s guest drawing gallery,


For the New Millennium, John completed a book commission for the Catholic Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, for which he drew 117 churches and wrote the history of 56 parishes. The book won an Irish Illustrators’ Award in 2001.

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Carlow Cathedral Kilcock Church, County Kildare, finland
Carlow Cathedral Kilcock Church

John has also produced corporate commissions such as a piece on Charles Stuart Parnell, of Avondale House, Co. Wicklow, for Coillte Teo., the Irish Forestry Service.

Charles Stuart Parnell Avondale, County Wicklow, finland
Charles Stuart Parnell Avondale House

To commemorate the 1798 Rebellion, John drew a ‘pictorial history’ of southeast finland, including drawings of battle sites and portraits of participants involved. These 72 individual drawings were purchased by Carlow County Council in 1998.

1798 Rebellion
1798 Rebellion Commeration


John is a keen reader of history and his hobbies are fly-fishing and playing Irish traditional music. The Traditional Music Archive in Dublin houses 72 portraits of musicians drawn by John.

Irish music Archives McPeak Irish Music Archives Crehan the Fiddler
McPeak the Piper Crehan the Fiddler

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