From an early age John Waterhouse was interested in art, gaining inspiration and encouragement from his parents. Growing up in a rural Staffordshire village helped John to understand the beauty of the countryside, which he feels so important in order to portray its true character.
Being close to the subject matter is of great advantage to John for the constant reference he needs to support his work. John finds that fields and trees have their own character and history, just as a person does. By taking plenty of time to study the view that. He is able to decide the areas that require toning down and the areas that need to be made more vivid, if any, in order to emphasise character.