Born in St Albans in Hertforshire in the UK in 1870, John Reginald Goodman, was always known as Reginald.
He married another prominent artist Kathleen Dix in 1899, a well known miniature portrait painter and was exhibited in the RA.
John Goodman studied under the eminent watercolor artist Wilfred Ball before embarking on an overseas trip that took in Holland, South Africa and Australia.
He arrived in Sydney Australia in 1913 and painted many watercolors in Sydney and NSW rural areas. In 1914 he volunteered to join the Army but had to change his birth date from 1870 to 1878 to reduce his age in order to be accepted into the Army.
He served in the Royal Fusiliers and received a commission into the Northamptonshire regiment in 1915. He served in Salonika Greece and painted a watercolor at Vardar which is in the British Military Gallery. He received medals for valor from that campaign.
After the War he returned to England and lived with Kathleen for 11 years at Hinwick House near Wellingborough. Sheringham in Norfolk and after 1953 in Surrey.
One of his Macedonian watercolors with title: “View of a military camp in the valley of Vardar 1916” was sold by auction house Toovey’s , Washington, West Sussex, UK on 4th December 2013 , lot number 55. Another watercolor with title “Extensive landscape, the Military encampment Karasouli Greece” was sold by auction house Fellows & Sons, Hockley , Birmingham, UK on 27th February 2017, lot number 1002