John Cullinan has never known life without art. Born in 1947, it was always his ambition to enter the Art world. He studied in the Limerick School of Art under the guidance of Jack Donovan for whom he has a lifelong regard. He attributes much of the influences in his work to his experiences during these formative years during which his passion and vision never wavered. Cullinan graduated from the Limerick School of Art with honours and spent the following two years teaching there. He then studied painting under Michael Dempsey. John moved to west Clare and spent eight years exploring and teaching in the Wilderness of the west Coast. These years were spent surrounded by landscapes and a coastline of unquestionable, untamed beauty. He feels his time in west Clare enhanced his appreciation and love of landscape and nature.