Growing up in national parks across the Northwest Territories started John off from an early age with a love of the land and the people. Taking this passion, he went into the study of archaeology and anthropology, and has been living and working in the Northwest Territories as a multidisciplinary consultant in the fields of environmental science, stewardship and guardian programs, education, and wilderness safety for over a decade.
John on a late night paddle near his home in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
John has always been one to shy away from holidays to sunny beaches and as a result has ended up travelling or living in many places across the circumpolar world including Svalbard, northern Scandinavia, Greenland, many communities in the Canadian Arctic, and even Yakutia in the far east of the Russian Arctic.
Oil pastel, Sirmilik Glacier, Nunavut
When he’s not travelling for work, John splits his time between his life as a new father, kayaking the big waters of the Slave River, and working on his art at home in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.
John paddling the big water