Developing a love and passion for art at an early age, John Waterhouse's parents encouraged him to practice, especially his mother who was a hobby-based artist herself. As he continued to grow up in a small Staffordshire village he went through school and eventually left after gaining a Grade A in O Level Art and winning the school prize for 'Best Art Pupil'.
Once he had finished with his school life in 1983, Waterhouse took on a position as a storekeeper in a nearby warehouse whilst continuing to paint in his spare time. However, in 1994 he gave up the position to take up a part-time job elsewhere. This came about in 2000 where he taught painting to young offenders in a youth prison, but by this point the demand for his work was so high that he had to reduce the work to one day a week just to keep up with his workload.
Taking on more and more commissions, he was eventually approached by a partner gallery to Washington Green, this steady flow of commissions increased the popularity of his works even further and has since lead to his work being published by the latter, with his pieces ending up in a variety of collections and galleries nationwide.