John first studied art professionally at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy in 2001. In 2003, he studied under Robert Venosa in Cadaques, Spain (the former home of Salvador Dali). John spent the summer of 2004 working with Master Painter Philip Rubinov-Jacobson in the Austrian Alps. In 2005, Palmer studied mono-printmaking in Skopelos, Greece under the direction of California artist Linda Goodman. Other travels which inspired unique travel bodies of artwork include his journeys to Cape Town, South Africa, Tokyo, Japan and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
During the course of his decade-long career, John has self-published three books: Deliverance and More than Words, Escapism and Seven.
John's artwork has been featured in many restaurants, publications, homes and businesses around the country. His art has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Inside Houston, The Voice, Outsmart and Fox News. John was selected as the Featured Artist of The Periwinkle Foundation's "Making a Mark", in partnership with Texas Children's Hospital as well as the 2006 Via Colori Featured Artist, to benefit the Houston Center for Hearing and Speech John has also worked closely and made generous contributions to some of his favorite Houston charities, including S.I.R.E., the Arthritis Foundation and the Montrose Clinic.
Johns’ art career has grown and expanded, and so has his showplace. Starting off at West 17th Street in the Heights, beginning in 2002, John showed his work in a small studio and two historic Heights’ homes. From there, John moved onto Winter Street Studios where he displayed his art from 2006 until 2008. In May of 2008, John finalized his private residence, studio and gallery at 1218 Heights Boulevard in Houston, Texas.
A recent hallmark of John’s body of art are his collaborations with other noted Houstonian artists, including Chris Silkwood and David Adickes.