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in small groups, and offer lots of demos. Complete beginners will be amazed by what they can achieve. More experienced painters will enjoy working in and benefit from the creative and stimulating environment."
Peter was an abstract artist,working in oil and acrylic,
his recent work has returned to less realistic subjects, he enjoys the effect
of paint. After working on a collection of nudes in oil for a group exhibition
in November 2010 he completed another body of work for a joint exhibition
with his partner Janet Brady in April 2011.
A fine art graduate of N.E.L.P.
The move to Devon has inspired him to paint again. "We are o fortunate
to have such wonderful scenery. Every time we explore the countryside
we find more great places to sketch and paint. I enjoy working with other
artists and find all the differing styles fascinating."
"We love it here in Devon, we were drawn back to live here. As children we came to
the West Country on holiday, every summer and have such wonderful memories.
We always wanted to live down here and when the opportunity arose we grabbed it with
both hands It's a great place to bring up a family and the pace of life is more relaxing.
We enjoy coming back to Devon after our trips to Corfu, France and India, it reminds us
just how beautiful it all is."
Janet over the last few years has come to enjoy not only
Watercolour but Acrylic and Drawing too." I am inspired
to paint landscapes and my passion at the moment is India.
The people, the colours and the dramatic landscapes"
A graduate of Preston Polytechnic and The Royal College
of Art. Fourteen years as a fashion designer, nine of them
travelling the world for Burberry's of London.
Devon is an enormous contrast, but a welcome one. "The
combination of teaching and painting suits me down to
the ground, I love it. Combinig our life in Devon with trips
to exotic locations gives us the best of both worlds."
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Janet has also taught Life Drawing Adult Education classes, which were been fun and challenging.
So much so we are putting on our own courses again in 2011. She was also a family Learning tutor
teaching Art and Craft to parents with their children. The aim of the courses was to entice adults
back into education, by boosting their confidence.
She spent time on a project with a year 9 group of boys from a London School making sculptures
and creating art with nature in the rivers and streams on Dartmoor. It was great, such freedom,
the kids had a ball.
She was a trustee of D.A.I.S.I. Devon Arts In Schools Initiative, DAISI supports and encourages
creativity through the arts within the school community. Working closely with teachers, governors
and artists, DAISI strengthens the relationship between the arts and education sectors. It arranges
arts education projects in schools.
Janet continues to lecture at St Mawes Art Group, and is a guest artist at other local art groups.
In 2006 Peter and Janet supported " The Big Draw" (a national event) by giving some of their time, and all the
materials, to the local school Lifton County Primary. They taught 67 children in ks2. Using 9 different
media in several drawing styles. The day culminated in the children producing four large drawings,
dramatic views, of the school. It was an action packed day, very lively and productive.
Their second session was with the younger children in KS1, this was more challenging as the childrens drawing
skills were less developed. They had lots of fun with charcoal, chalk, pens and pencils.
After making several visits to Karmi Farm Retreat in Darjeeling, India, Peter decided to help
support the education of three of the boys that live at the Farm. Neema, Sousiring and Onsiring.
Peter trained for 12 months and was sponsored by family friends and guests to run the first Eden half
Marathon in October 2009. He presented Andrew Pulger Frame with a cheque to help sponsor the running costs
of their local clinic. He then ran the Plymouth half marathon the following May 2010.
Last year Janet and Peter held an exhibition at the Wharf gallery in Tavistock, exhibiting a body of work
inspired by their trips to India. The exhibition was opened by the mayor of Tavistock and was well
attended by friends and painters.