John Maule-ffinch is essentially self-taught, though did have a period at Leeds Art College studying interior and furniture design some 45 years before taking up watercolour painting after retirement.
A city-boy at heart, he is most comfortable working on urban scenes and needs to “see or create” a story before starting on any outline sketch. He is a firm believer in taking any artistic license necessary to improve the drama of the scene to be painted. Conceding that broadening his subject matter is a way of improving and developing his art, he undertook a joint exhibition in 2017 on a canal theme for which he produced sixteen new paintings. His election to ARBSA status in 2017 was a confidence booster and remains a source of great pleasure.