He sketches in watercolour in the outdoors and often sets up a french easel with a canvas in the harsh conditions typical of the Rogaland weather. Southwest Norway offers lots of wind, hail, rain and sometimes snow. Brushes regularly freeze, paintboxes overflow with rain and loose items must be guarded from the wind taking them flying into the distance. Equally there are bright, sunny and warm days with big skies and beautiful summery smells in the air.
John has exhibited in the UK and Norway, sold work in many countries worldwide and recently participated in the UK on Sky TVs Landscape Artist of the year 2019. He is resident artist at the International School Stavanger and encourages students and adults to enjoy experimenting and learning with paint and dry media.
John uses a variety of mediums including oil, watercolour, acrylic, cold wax medium, gouache, block printing, encaustic and pastel & dry media. The main theme of his paintings is the colours and textures of the Norwegian landscape, particularly Rogaland which is in the southwest.
John O’Neill after winning the wildcard place in heat 4 of Sky TV’s Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 in Plymouth, UK.
John’s work has been exhibited in Norway and the United Kingdom, his paintings have been sold and commissioned worldwide. Paintings can be found in Norway, The United States, Australia, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, South Africa and Canada.