John comes from a background in graphic design and illustration. For the previous 11 years he has worked as a freelancer, continually looking for opportunities to develop his skills in both digital and traditional media. John is married to Ruth, an orchestral musician with the Auckland Philharmonia, and they have three children. John is passionate about music of almost any kind (unless it's opera or classic hits). His other interests include cricket, cycling, guitar playing, old motorcyles and New Zealand painting, not necessarily in that order. He longs for the day when there will be no more renovations.