Durer was a brilliant artist and considered the 'Leonardo of the North'. His approach to the use of line in both woodcuts, drawing, and painting were very appealing to John in early years. The first inspiration resulted in the painting below 'After Durer Virgin Mary'. This painting was done in the early 1980's using homemade varnish and painting medium in the Flemish/German layering style. In 2015/2016 Durer's work in woodcuts caught John's attention as he began to incorporate the visual look and feel of engraving and wood cutting into his oil paintings.