Artist of the month - Peter Hill

LAN Aug artist of the month

LAN Aug artist of the month - Credit: Archant

Peter Hill has built up an international following for his bold, expressive Lakeland landscapes. He talks to Barbara Waite

You can just feel the energy coming off the canvas in this expressive painting of Blea Tarn in the Langdale Valley by fine artist Peter Hill.

His technique of ‘washing’ the raw oil paint on the canvas with white spirit produces exciting, free-flowing runs of colour and it’s this spontaneous style which has built up a loyal band of collectors.

He uses plastic sheets to mix and apply paint directly on to the canvas along with more traditional artist tools of palette knife, spatulas and brushes. ‘My style is to take risks and all my work has a random element to it. Over the years I’ve got better at learning to preserve the happy accidents and use them to elevate the painting to something special,’ explained Peter.

Our illustration was created following a similar piece which Peter painted during a demonstration at his Kentmere Gallery in Lake Road, Ambleside. The next demonstration will be in September.

Peter is hugely influenced by the rugged landscape of the Lakes where the mountains, rocky edges, serene watersides and ever-changing skies provide an endless supply of subject matter and his fan base is spreading across the globe. A painting from Ambleside has recently been shipped out to Australia.

This year his newest gallery in Sheffield featured on Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me programme, and he showed his work in the VIP Lounge at Harrogate Flower Show. Peter original paintings start at £1,200; the one illustrated is £2,250

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