A painting for me is not precious, it’s simply a practical product that I hope others will enjoy. I tend to follow the concept that Vasari spoke of in the Lives of the Artists, where he described the artists’ guilds of as places that could produce anything from an enamel button to a marble tomb.
I paint people and landscapes although my preference is to paint people. I tend to follow the traditional Flemish Style of painting developed in the 14th to 17th Century, where portraits were painted using a number of transparent layers.
I don’t expect my work to outlive me, but I would like people to enjoy it while I am here.
Earlier this year I completed a very exciting commission from Twiggy and her husband, Leigh Lawson.
Here's what they wrote:
Good to talk to you last week and reiterate how very much we admire and enjoy your work. When first viewing your paintings the composition, colour palette and ability to capture that particular moment in time was immediately captivating, and impressed us enormously.
We would also like to say thank you so much from us both for the lovely painting you did of us. We will hang it in our home and happily recommend your work to all who admire it.
Kindest regards and thanks from us both,
Twiggy & Leigh Lawson
Other useful stuff:
I first attended Eastbourne College of Art School but then life took me to the North Sea and the diving industry. Last year I decided to paint life in the offshore world of the North Sea before it disappeared forever.
Since then I have been shortlisted for the following exhibitions:
The Royal Society of Oil Painters
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize
The New English Art Club
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters
The Royal Society of British Artists
My work has appeared at
The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Sticks Art Gallery, Fareham
The Risborough Gallery, Buckinghamshire, The Aberdeen Arts Fair.
If you are interested in licensing any of my paintings, then please email me.
As an aside, I have also just written a book, called Hacker Gran, it's about an average suburban granny, who takes the law into her own hands when her husband dies and the bank freezes her account . Take a look. It's good fun.
You can read all about it at my book website which is www.petedaviesbooks.com