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John was born in 1990 and attended Kinglake West Primary School, which had an active art department. He did various drawing classes as a child then went to Diamond Valley Secondary College where he took art as often as he could. After experimenting with copper and zinc etchings which he found difficult and somewhat tedious, he chose to work on linocuts and developed plates using several ideas. These included trees suggesting dark forest groves, faces in trees, trapped spirits and a stylized depiction of the green knight with his beheading axe. John's "The Eternal Watcher", was chosen to be exhibited in the Silk Cut, Nilumbik Creative Minds and Top Arts 'the Season of Excellence' exhibitions.Since then, John's work has been exhibited in many exhibitions and galleries around Victoria. John then completed a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne followed by a Masters degree in Zoology. He now work as a zoologist and fills his spare time with art. "Animals have always been a big part of my life and are now becoming the subject of my artwork more than ever." Lino cuts are created by carving into a sheet of lino, similar to that which was popular for floor coverings. It is a difficult and time consuming process, and any mistakes cannot be rectified, but it is ultimately very rewarding. Drypoint etchings are basically the opposite to linocutting. For etching you scratch every line I want into a sheet of acetate with a mounted needle. Shading is created by the varying application of pressure when etching a shape.


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