When ARTHOUSE sessions first started in October 2005, Peter was 45 and the charity’s founder, Becky, was told he lacked both interest and focus. Together, however, the team quickly discovered Peter really enjoyed drawing, especially naked women. He felt empowered by his talent and enjoyed how the audience reacted to his completely unique drawings. Peter’s family were not originally fully aware of his artistic skill but their pride in his emerging talent empowered Peter too.
He says, “I love painting. I love to paint ladies. My family, my mum and dad, they love me. My mum was a painter, I got the talent off my mum. My brother, his name is John, he’s got a picture I painted in his own flat he bought from ARTHOUSE. He is really proud of me ‘cause I did it. I love painting ‘cause it calms me down. I like it when I’m trying to relax ‘cause one day this year I could not relax, I was so tense it was so painful but the art has helped. I love to paint ladies because of the feelings inside when I achieve nice paintings.’