Stoa was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1944 where he commenced
his working life in the Dundee Parks Department as a gardener. He
also studied crop science at The Scottish Crop Research Institute
in Invergowrie Dundee. After getting married he moved south to a
fruit farm in Sussex. He gained his National Diploma in Horticulture
in 1969 at college in Essex as well as the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture,
then moved to a beautiful village (or very small town) in Herefordshire
called Bromyard to work as a manager on Fox Fruit Farm. In 1972
he returned to parks work and provision of outdoor leisure facilities
in Dudley, gaining another diploma from the Institute of Leisure
and Amenity Management, then in 1976 moved to Darlington, and in
1984 came north to Livingston new town as Deputy Manager in the
landscape and forestry dept.
However the government decided to wind up the Scottish new towns
and redundancy loomed so John took the plunge into art
in 1992, then returned to his native town of Dundee in 2001.
interest in art was established in early childhood, but the magic
of selling paintings started when he got his first red dot at Darlington
Art Society Annual Exhibition in 1980.
He is self taught but constantly experiments, and studies the work
of other contemporary artists. His subjects have covered town to
country, floral to figurative, snow scenes, summer landscapes, boats,
Scottish castles and pets.
runs art classes from his Dundee studio
and has been publishing limited edition prints as well as luxury Christmas cards.
Collections and Art Commissions
2009 Edinburgh Castle commission for a Scots now in USA.
2008 LLoyds Bank, London, commission for retiral gift for manager.
2008 Commission for landscape and nude painting for lady from Orkney
2007 Downfield Golf Course
2005 Commission to paint Loch Fynne for Scot living
2005 Commission to paint Edinburgh Castle for a Scot
in south of England
2004 Painting collection selected for a Scot living
in Perth, Australia
2003 USA Commission to paint Edinburgh Castle at
Hogmany for a wedding gift for a party from Indianapolis
Scottish Parliament - purchase of large oil painting, 32,000 Christmas
cards and 100 limited editon prints.
2002 St Columbus Hospice - 30,000 charity Christmas cards.
2002 Sophies Steakhouse and Bar - Fulham Road London.
2000 Woods of Perth - Factory commission and artwork for business
1999 Campbell Distillery - 4000 postcards
1998 Falcon Marketing Edinburgh - corporate artwork for new buildings.
1995 Tall Ships Race Leith Edinburgh
1994 Edradour Distillery - commission of painting and postcards
1994 Rutland Investment Managers
1993 Nightfreight - painting and Christmas cards.
1993 Morgan Partnership, Glasgow - painting and Christmas cards.
1992 Livingston Development Corporation - paintings for Christmas
Information: To make any enquiry, whether to buy original paintings
or prints, discuss classes, or art commission work please contact
Studio: at 17A Menzieshill Road, Ninewells, Dundee DD2 1PS Scotland
Telephone: 01382 665879