Peter has been working as a freelance artist for over 25 years. He has had over 150 children’s books published, including 10 as the author. Peter loves to paint nudes and has taught life drawing for many years. Currently he runs an illustration agency representing 25 illustrators working mainly in publishing.
As an illustrator of children’s books Peter always practiced drawing the figure and has been fascinated by ones ability to read expression and personality in the simplest scribble of a human. As an illustrator, a model is used for reference to help convey the desired figure. As an artist the process of working with the model becomes the essence of the picture. He is Inspired by life drawing and finds it a great way to appreciate the body.
Peter prefers to paint directly from life to experience the presence of the model. This demands working quickly before the model tires and the gesture of the pose is lost. Gesture is the magic quality that he responds to and very important in his work. Light is also important to him, revealing the fragile and transient beauty that fills us with sadness at the same moment as it fills us with pleasure.