John Waterhouse is acknowledged as one of Britain's most talented and versatile oil painters. His highly acclaimed paintings range from mountains shrouded in mist to exquisitely portrayed female figures, and reflect his passion for the beauty he sees in people, places and objects. Over the last 10 years he has established a reputation as an artist of substance and his work is becoming increasingly collectable.
When painting a landscape, a lot of the information is there, but more often than not John feels compelled to add or change something slightly - a cloud formation, a distant figure, or perhaps the way the light is falling. "With landscapes I feel it is not so much an idea, but an ability to balance and compose what is already there. I find the English countryside very romantic. Fields and trees to me have their own character and history, just as a person does. By taking plenty of time to study the view that I am about to paint, helps me to decide the areas that require toning down and the areas that need to be made more vivid, if any, in order to emphasise its character.”