In 2012, a call for artists at the Arnold Arboretum prompted John to submit paintings for selection in the show; one of which was accepted. Encouraged by this, he began to explore oil painting starting with informal classes at the Fall River Art Association. During this time, John became interested in painting en plein air, combining his love for the outdoors with painting. He continues with the learning process and attended a weekend workshop with Leo Mancini Hresko in the Summer of 2015.
John paints primarily at conservation areas and public parks with the intent of showing the viewer the beauty of the naturally occurring composition of the landscape along a trail or shoreline. He appreciates the restorative and positive effects of visiting these places and hopes the viewer may recognize a location and have their own personal connection.