John V Gardner

landscapes and still life
in acrylic and watercolour


John was born in Edinburgh and educated at the city’s Royal High School, where an interest in art and painting was planted, nurtured and developed by the late Nigel McIsaac, renowned Scottish artist and the school’s principal teacher of art.  

His working life has spanned over 50 years during which he worked as a chartered surveyor in private practice, then in local government in Edinburgh and central government in Scotland all on housing policy.  He retired early in 1990 at the age of 50, and after much deliberation applied to and was accepted by the Church of Scotland as a trainee for ministry.   He was ordained in 1995, worked as a prison chaplain in Edinburgh, then as a minister in Oban and at the Scots' Church in Melbourne, Australia.  Latterly he was called to be the minister at Glamis in the county of Angus, from which he retired in 2004 when he took up his paint brush again and began painting seriously, while continuing his ministry on a part time basis at St Giles' Cathedral where he still conducts services occasionally.    

He paints landscapes and still life in his Edinburgh studio and in the conservatory of the family home in Weem, Aberfeldy (Perthshire), an area from which much of his inspiration comes.  

He has enjoyed having a number of solo exhibitions in central Scotland, exhibiting in mixed exhibitions in galleries in various Scottish towns and cities, and having work accepted and shown now and again by the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).  His paintings hang in several private collections in and well beyond the UK.





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