John Fawcett grew up in Iowa, and after attending college on the East Coast he returned to Iowa to attend veterinary school. He was a practicing veterinarian for twenty years before selling his practice 6 to fully devote his time to painting. Working in watercolor and oil, his firsthand knowledge of animals is evident in his work. He and his wife Elizabeth, currently divide their time between a ranch in Clark, Colorado and a horse farm in Pennsylvania.
Fawcett has been invited to show his work at the Autry Museum's Masters of the American West, where he won the Autry Museum Award for Watercolor in 2015, 2014, 2010, and 2006. He was honored to present a talk at the 2017 Masters Show titled " Horse Sense:Paint What You Know". He has shown his work at the Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum for the last twelve years. He won the Museum Purchase Award at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show in 2006, and the Artists' Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in 1996. The Steamboat Art Museum honored him with a retrospective exhibition in 2015.
He was selected in 1996, 1997, and 1999 for the Top 100 at Arts for the Parks, where he won the U.S. Art Award of Merit in 1997. He was inducted as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, Arizona in 1997, and the American Academy of Equine Art in 2002. In 2009 he was honored with the Artist of the Year by Tucson's Friends of Western Art.
Fawcett's work has appeared in Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Equine Image, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Western Horseman. His work is in museum collections throughout the country, including the Tucson Museum of Art, the James Museum of Western Art, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Museum, and the Steamboat Art Museum.