John Clare is an ecologist, photographer, writer and artist who now lives and works on the Isle of Mull. He has run a wildlife consultancy for over 20 years.
John originally trained and worked as an architect/building surveyor for major companies and architectural practices including Johnson Matthey, British American Tobacco and Eric Askew and Partners designing and detailing industrial, commercial and residential projects all over the UK and abroad. In 1983 he moved to Somerset to work for Taunton Cider plc with overall responsibility for the design and implementation of multi-million building projects and the building maintenance budget. He also provided an in-house graphic and photographic service, and was responsible for public liaison relating to site development. John also established an Environmental Working Party responsible for a full environmental audit and BS 5750 accreditation.
In 1993 he set up the Greenwood Architectural and Environmental Consultancy and for over 20 years helped run a nature conservation volunteer group. John was also a council member of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Chairman of the Wellington Basins Preservation Project (a registered charity).
John has had a long interest in photography, drawing, painting and graphic design. Since moving to Mull he has written and illustrated a wide range of local interest booklets and these and a selection of his paintings, photographs and cards is on sale in a wide range of outlets on Mull, Iona and on the mainland.
On Mull he has worked for RSPB, Ross of Mull Historical Centre and South West Mull & Iona Development. He has given a wide range of talks, led many walks and been a member of the Ross of Mull Poets.
An Tobar Gallery