John Raynard - The Painter and The Poet


John Raynard




John Raynard resides in Ajax, Ontario, Canada.  He started painting in 2001 at the behest and with the support of his wife, Louise.  He is self-taught and works in a variety of media, including Acrylics, Pastels, Pen and Ink, and more recently, Oils.

John studied Engineering in the United Kingdom before emigrating to Canada in 1967.
In 2005, John started writing poetry and blank verse. Some of his poetic work is displayed alongside his art on this website.  He had the idea of combining the two visual streams of art, pictures and words, in his one- man show called "The Painter and the Poet" which was held in June 2005.

The inspiration for John’ s work comes from many sources, among them:

People: Standing on the Harwood Bridge in Ajax waiting for the cortege bearing the latest war casualty to pass below on its way to Toronto inspired his poem, Intrepid. These are certainly heroes that deserve honour and remembrance. When you think about it, however, it might also be said that Everybody is a Hero to someone, in some way (see poem by that name).

Nature: For almost four decades, John owned and lovingly maintained a cottage in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario. It was here, in the beauty of “God’ s Country” , that he found inspiration for many of his works.

Faith: See poem entitled The Journey.

Limited Edition Prints and Cards have been reproduced from some of his work at the request of his patrons.