John BathgateJohn was born near Lauder and lived on farms most of his early years. He lived in Australia for two years and spent several years in the Royal Navy travelling the Mediterranean and Far Eastern countries.
After leaving the Navy he worked on a small provincial newspaper as an auxillary printer and in the photography department. The next eight years were spent teaching himself to paint while earning his living as a builders labourer. A further four years followed with his time divided between painting and part time work as a dry stone dyker on a Lothians farm. During the period, as his experience grew, so did the demand for his paintings giving him the confidence to become a full time artist.
He is a painter primarily of landscape whose work speaks of the elemental in nature and the beauty of the countryside. He has exhibited extensively throughout the country in group and one-man shows.