Antony John was born in 1960, in Gifach Goch, Wales. The rural fields and woods around his home, were a favourite haunt for Antony to explore on his own, armed with “An Observer‟s Guide To British Birds”. Antony emigrated with his family to Canada in 1970, and he obtained a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph in 1983. Here he met and married Tina VandenHeuvel.
After graduation, Antony and Tina returned to Tina‟s home in Sebringville, Ontario, where Antony began a career as a dairy farmer with his Father-in-law. Here, the fields he worked, and connection with the land first provided him with a visual metaphor for his paintings. During this time, Antony developed many ideas for future paintings, and realized that art needed to become a larger part of his life. It was also during this time period that their 3 children, Dylan, Tyler, and Caitlin, were born.
A seminal letter from Alex Colville in 1989, and subsequent conversations with David Burnett and Tony Urquhart and others, convinced Antony to pursue painting while still maintaining his ties to the farm life that inspired him. He took a job as a landscaper for a while, and painted in the off-season, while still living on their farm and keeping livestock.
In 1995 he and Tina, after buying her parent‟s second farm, formed „Soiled Reputation‟, a certified organic farm and greenhouses, supplying gourmet greens and heirloom vegetables to restaurants, markets, and homes in South-Western Ontario and the Greater Toronto area. Today their 80 acre farm has 40 acres certified organic.
In 2001, Antony and Tina had their farm showcased as hosts of „The Manic Organic‟. The show aired on Canada‟s Food Network, and House and Garden TV. The show was subsequently sold to over 50 countries around the world, including the Discovery Home Channel in the U.S.
In 2006, after a 12 year hiatus, the now established business, and a now grown up family, meant Antony could return to painting. In 2008, he made a brief return to acting, playing the role of Bishop Michael Power in „Death or Canada‟, a co-Canadian/Irish production, which went on to nomination for best Documentary on Irish Television.
Antony continues to live, farm, and paint on their farm, with Tina, in Sebringville, Ontario.