5 Year Anniversary Art Exhibiiton – Artist Portfolio Magazine
Peter Brook – Cockermouth, UK
I was first given a go with oil paints as a child in the 60s and have used them ever since. I think it was Ruskin who said that mountains were the beginning and the end of landscape. They certainly got me going! The coasts of Britain and Ireland, music and the theatre also get me going, as does the magic and nostalgia of steam railways, a painting genre I have tried more recently.
I find the Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater valleys in the English Lake District very attractive and I like to cycle out to paint en plein air whenever possible. I call the results “oil sketches”. My ideal is to produce, in about 3 hours, a good, lively-looking painting which can be hung, still wet, as soon as I get it home.