Born and educated in the south of England, John Kirton showed early interest in painting, winning two major prizes as a schoolboy – given the prevalence of seascapes in his paintings today, the subjects of these early award winners were also scenes of the sea.
John Kirton’s working life was spent far from the world of art, taking him through a number of journeys, which include the building industry, car racing, restoring houses and gardening. When he did pick up paintbrush after all those years, John found his passion for painting rekindled.
Influences by Monet, Sisley and Turner can be seen in both John and his wife Susan’s gardens and through John’s paintings. The current home of John and Susan, The Burrows at Canyonleigh, is a 10 acre garden that they transformed from two bare paddocks. Situated in the Southern Highlands of NSW, The Burrows has been part of the Australian Open Garden scheme and has been featured in a number of magazines, which includes the cover story of the HighLife edition for Feb/March 2006.
For John, painting reflects one of his beliefs; that creatively ‘there are no limits’, that if you work from your heart and imagination all manner of revelations are possible.
His work is in collections Australia wide and overseas and he has received a number of commissions.
John’s work has been hung in several exhibitions and his painting Harbour Reflections was short listed at the ANL Martitime Art Prize in 2011.