By Anton Dolders, Regional Chair of Arts at Macmillan Cancer Support

John West is one of Art For Macmillan Cancer Support’s founder members and has proved an invaluable asset to the organisation because of his commitment to fundraising through demonstrating his skills as a watercolour artist. Originally from Bootle; now a resident of Crosby and a regular on the Southport Art Scene, John has stated that he belongs to the traditional British school of watercolour painting which believes in the purity of the medium and adheres to the usage of paint, brush and water only. The parameters of his painting methods and his brushes are however diverse, ranging from vaporous, broad strokes to more precise movements with slimmer brushes.

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John’s knowledge of water colour paint application is immense, resulting from his almost lifelong use of it: he is now seventy six years of age.  The pace of his painting style is swift and his ability to include such intricate detail within the fluidity of the medium is amazing. The two aspects of his work always fascinates viewers of his creative process.

John said “I like using watercolour because it permits you to work rapidly and I like to see my intended composition develop quickly.”

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John West will be appearing in Cambridge Walks to do another demo on Saturday 7th November. He will be accompanied  by silk painter Annette Bailey and perception challenging artist, Daniel Adler. For full details regarding Art For Macmillan’s events, look at it’s website:


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