his love of art and nature to three women in his life:
mother Mary Freeman, his grandmother Averil Loveday and
his art teacher Carol Sabiston.
His mother was a painter;
his grandmother was also a painter, as well as a sculptor
and weaver. John was born in Toronto and came to live with
his grandmother in Victoria where he attended Oak Bay High
School. He had world renowned Canadian artist, Carol Sabiston
as his art teacher for three years. He feels the influence
of these three gifted women gave him his insight to perceive
and appreciate the creativity in everything.