Award-winning artist at Cromford gallery

Award-winning Derbyshire artist Peter Watson is the featured artist for February at Cromford Studio and Gallery.

Peter, who likes to work en plein air, finally took up painting for pleasure 40 years after studying at Derby College of Art as a teenager.

He still works full time for the Co-operative Society, designing and installing signage, so until he retires he has to juggle his hours so he can spend two days a fortnight working on his acrylic landscape paintings.

During the last four years he has been making up for lost time and has been painting prolifically.

Peter, who lives at Bradley, near Ashbourne was awarded the Derbyshire Life magazine Landscape Painter of the Year prize last year and won the People’s Vote for the best painting at the Ashbourne Festival Art Show in both 2016 and 2017.

His work is inspired by, among others, Lucian Freud, Paul Nash and  the marine artist Norman Wilkinson.

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