John Paul Raine lives on Deeside, near Aberdeen, in an old country house which is set in its own grounds. His wife is an accomplished gardener, and the environment she creates within the house and in the garden inspires his paintings of still life and flowers. From time to time Raine also teaches art at a Danish Folk Highschool which specialises in meditation.
He has worked as an illustrator for television, publishing and the oil industry. For two years he was a lecturer in painting and drawing at Aberdeen College, and for one year taught life drawing at Gray’s School of Art.
Public collections which include Raine’s artworks are the Aberdeen Art Gallery Permanent Collection and the Grampian Hospitals Art Project. His paintings are in many private homes in Scotland, notably those of Anita Roddick and Malcolm Appleby.
John Paul Raine now shows on an ad hoc basis at the Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow and at Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen. Other galleries where his work can be found include The Whitehouse Gallery, Kinkardineshire, the Lost Gallery, Strathdon, and Gallery Q in Dundee.
Raine was a founder member of the Traditional and Decorative Art Group, which exhibited in Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1992. This exhibition featured the work of five artists and artist-craftsmen who were working at that time in the North East. The show was a great popular success, and was favourably reviewed on Grampian Television’s North Tonight programme and in Scotland on Sunday.