John Donaldson

John was born in 1945 in Lewes, Sussex, England. By the time he was a teenager he was painting and exhibiting, encouraged by his grandfather, himself a gifted painter.  After studying composition and classical organ for six years, he moved to Chichester in 1965 when he met his wife, Sandi. Ten years later he gave into his true vocation as an artist, settling in Devon with his family to paint.


Creativity is the major part of his life and has included design, landscape architecture, jazz,
choir-training, and now electronic and dance music. The main component of John’s career has been painting in his impressionist’s style, with light and the weather guiding his work. John’s subjects have ranged from the South Downs , the Ouse Valley and streets of Lewes in his early years, to London’s Thames, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Then onto his preoccupation with Brittany, the Cote d’Azur, the Midi of France, and the Italian Riviera and now he enjoys his smaller expressive live studies many of which are of local subjects . “I have a list of images yet to paint, as well as themes to revisit, enough to last a lifetime. Another lifetime.”