John Gardner is a watercolour artist from Leeds
Born in London just after the war finished in 1946, I studied first for ‘O’ level and then ‘A’ level Art at school in Birmingham and then Bradford before qualifying from the Faculty of Architecture at Sheffield University.
As architectural design gradually became more and more computerised with the introduction of AutoCAD (CAD) I renewed my interest in painting by attending evening classes in Watercolour painting at Jacob Kramer (now City of Leeds) College of Art.
This led to my being chosen to appear in Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge art program with expert (and inspirational) artist Mike Chaplin at Steel Rigg in Northumberland.
Inspired by the work of many artists, I was greatly influenced by the techniques of watercolour artist G. John Blockley and by the new approach to colour theory developed by the American watercolour painter Stephen Quiller.
My architectural background has led to many of my paintings incorporating buildings and involving perspectives, but some of the paintings which gave me most pleasure and satisfaction where painted quite rapidly, spontaneously and expressively.