I was born in 1948. My initial years were spent in Putney, London and lBayards Cove, Dartmouth, Devonater Maidenhead in Berkshire. I attended Windsor Grammar school after which I accepted a place at Brighton School of Art, graduating in 1971. I taught in a number of schools and colleges but realised I wanted to paint full time and established the John Gillo Gallery in 1976.
From this base I developed a reputation for watercolours, mainly drawing my inspiration from Dartmouth and the surrounding area. My work today is largely in acrylics and has broadened considerably to include much more abstract work.