His passion is Lowry type paintings, he was fortunate enough to meet the man himself, although only briefly in 1961 when he was at school in Blackburn. Lowry made a short speech and showed some of his work to the art class and John will always remember him saying “l am just a man that that likes to paint” that’s when he became fond of his works. John used to paint pet portraits for family and friends as a paying hobby alongside his career as a draughtsman in the engineering trade. John started to paint and sell what he likes to call his "like a Lowry style" commercially after retiring in 2009. John describes his works as follows - "l like to think that my colourful and sometimes humorous style reflects my personality."