“The main aim of my paintings is to produce a feelgood factor. Illustrating warm summer days at the seaside is a great way to achieve this as a lot of people will have fond memories of days spent at the beach and hopefully my paintings will remind them. A feature of my style is the crowds of people, painted in strong, bright oil colours.”
Peter has work in many galleries nationwide, bringing his wonderful, joyful paintings to an increasingly large audience. He has certainly brought the ‘feelgood factor’ to us at WorthingArt and we feel very privileged to have been allowed a look at some work in progress.
Do you have positive/negative memories of art when you were at school?
I only have positive memories. Art was my favourite subject.
What would your school report have said about your art?
It would have said that I should put as much energy into my other subjects!
Did you go on to further education in art or are you self-taught?
I am self-taught, although I have attended several adult art courses over the years.
What or who has inspired you over the years?
My art teachers have always inspired me. My wife Mandy has also been a huge inspiration to me. Without her help and support I would never have been so successful.
What Artists do you admire?
I have always admired Lowry. I also like the impressionist artists like: Monet, Sisley, and Pissarro. Another big favourite of mine is Edward Hopper.
What is your favourite piece of work (yours and someone else)?
A favourite piece of my own artwork is Pier and Prom, which was my first oil painting in the Naïve style. With regards to another artist’s work, Chalk Cliffs on Rugen, by Caspar David Friedrich is a painting that I love looking at and anything by Edward Hopper.
What has been the highlight of your artistic career so far? What are you proud to have achieved?
I’m proud of getting my oil paintings into various art galleries around the Country. Also being recognised by art buyers, especially when one art collector came to my studio and bought two large originals on the spot. Being asked to exhibit with the ABNA at the prestigious St Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall was a nice achievement.
What have you sacrificed for your art?
Weekends with my family, although I always try to make sure we all go out for a walk in the woods or along the seashore with our dog, whenever possible.
What’s the best bit of advice that has been given to you?
Accept rejection as part of the creative process. Also to make sure that as an artist one markets oneself as much as one creates. Without marketing, no one gets to know of your work.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist/craftsperson?
Accept rejection, learn from constructive criticism and move on. Get yourself known.
How do you start a piece of work?
I always start with a quick thumbnail sketch. I then take photos for reference and build up a detailed drawing (to the canvas size) on my computer, using Photoshop. I print and trace over the major details and then transfer these direct to the canvas.
When is it finished?
Usually when I have tired of adding all the little people!
Do you have a mantra, quote or line from a song that best sums up what your art means to you?
No, not really. I just try my best to instill a ‘feel good’ factor into my paintings.
Does music help with your creativity? If so what would you choose to listen to whilst working on a piece?
I like to listen to music whilst I am painting. My taste is quite eclectic, so anything goes, depending on my mood. My wife will tell you that she always knows when I am actually painting, for I will usually be whistling along to music. Conversely, I prefer silence when I am coming up with the actual idea and initial detailed drawings.
What is your favourite medium to work with/in?
Oil. I tried acrylics but I found they dried too fast for me. If I need to speed up the drying time with my oils, then I use Liquin.
Do you have a lucky or favourite something that you use that has been with you forever?
No, I haven’t.
Are you living your dream through your art or do you have one – what do you strive for?
Yes, I am living my dream through my art. I believe it was what I was born to do.
Is there anything you avoid with your art?
Conflict, sadness, suffering, etc I believe there is enough of such things in real life, so to counter balance this I aim to put a feel good factor of happiness and sunshine into my paintings and hopefully by association into other people’s lives.
Thank you Peter what a pleasure to meet with you in your lovely studio and capture you at work, just had to finish the interview with a splash of colour… 🙂
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