Biography

JOHN ABBOTT

Western Canadian Landscape Artist

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England in 1949, John emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1952. Raised in Kingston, Ontario John graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Com(Hon) degree. John worked as a commercial pilot and then joined the Canadian Air Force where his last posting was in Moose Jaw DSC02097Saskatchewan as a pilot on Tutor Jets.

Leaving the Forces in 1975 John started his next career as a Human Resources specialist and Management Consultant. He received an MBA (Organizational Behaviour) from the University of Calgary and taught part-time at universities both in Calgary and overseas.  John has lived in Calgary since 1980 and has worked both in Canada and internationally in countries such as Israel, Egypt, Cuba and California.

John retired from Management Consulting several years ago to take up mountain landscape painting as his next career.  He spends time in the mountains searching out spectacular views and then paints them. He draws his inspiration from the majestic splendour of the Rockies, although every once in while his Saskatchewan background creeps in and he is forced to paint wheat fields and hay bales.

 Although he started painting later in life John showed his artistic talents earlier with flower gardening. Over the years John has won several awards from the Calgary Horticultural Society. In 2008 he won the award for “Best Newly Landscaped Garden By Owner in Calgary”. John is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. He and Laurie have travelled extensively around the world and they are pleased to say that nowhere beats Western Canada as a place to live. He can be reached at abbottj@shaw.ca  and his work can be viewed on-line at ABBOTTfineART.com.

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