Peter Layzell

Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, Pencils, Line & Wash, Gouache, Mixed
Portrait, Landscape, Seascape, Candlelit Scenes, Developing Abstract Painting, Interiors, Still Life, Drawing Techniques, Composition

Peter’s painting career began as a nine year old watching his grandfather paint in a shed at the bottom of the garden . He suggested making a change to a painting ‘Grandad Les’ was working on and to his surprise it was adopted! From that moment on, Peter was determined to become an artist in his own right and hoped to go to Art College – something his grandfather had been unable to do.

Peter realised this ambition and enjoyed the variety that art school (Coventry Polytechnic) had to offer .He was taught by a number of artists who responded to his obsessive interest in painting, such as Alan Dyer and Harry Weinberger. Peter also cites Flemish painters such as Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van Der Weyden as important and enduring influences on his painting. He graduated in 1984 equipped with drawing and painting skills that are simply not on offer in today’s art colleges. Two years later, he had his first painting accepted at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He became a regular contributor to the Summer Exhibition, and won a prize there in the 1990s.He has also been an exhibitor at the National Portrait Gallery’s annual exhibition(the BP Portrait Award) and featured in The NPG’s commemorative coffee-table book, ‘500 Portraits’ published in 2013.

As a teacher and demonstrator of 28 years’ experience, Peter has worked in a number of styles and media; from ‘tight’ measured life-drawing to expressive ‘mark-making’ exercises designed to liberate the spirit. He believes that making good art is a matter of confidence as much as skill, and encourages self-belief in his students with friendly enthusiasm backed up by practical advice. He has taught in water-based and oil based media on a range of subjects from landscape through to portraiture and still-life. His talks on art history have proved popular and accessible, as he makes connections between artists and the world they lived in (rather than baffle his audience with obscure theories).

Peter is happy to develop structured short courses as well as workshop sessions, and likes to discuss the needs and aspirations of a group beforehand so that each session is tailor-made to the specific requirements of each group.

Based in Lancashire Peter is willing to travel within a 70 mile radius of Morecombe.