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Peter Thorne's Animal Show

Peter Thorne is living the dream. His day job is caravan camp warden, but in his spare time he is an extremely talented artist, specialising in animals, both domestic and wild. He works mainly in pastels, drawing on velour, rather than paper, which gives his work a wonderful texture which makes you want to stroke it, and brings the animals to life in front of your eyes.


It’s been quite a long road from the East End of London to Gwynedd, where Peter spent the summer. He trained as a studio graphic artist, working in advertising, and did so until ten years ago, when he gave it all up in order to move to the country – Lincolnshire - and concentrate on his art. He did various mundane jobs like warehouse manager for almost a decade when he sold up, moved into a campervan and became a campsite warden. He’s played safe, however, and bought a seaside home in Lowestoft, where he’ll move to when the time to settle down comes.

It’s often small events that start off a change in lifestyle. For Peter it was when a neighbour in King’s Lynn suggested he should join an art class. He’d not done any art for ages, so he went and never looked back. “I got my mojo back, you could say,” he says. “And now I’ve done more in the past year than for years.”

He uses acrylics and watercolour as well as pastels, and loves to experiment with colour. His work is normally very precise, but he enjoys discovering what various types of paint can do. His chosen surface, velour, is anything but easy to deal with, but the results are stunning. With the animals, for example, he creates an underpainting of the subject without colour, then puts the base colours in, and finally concentrates on the eyes. “You must get the eyes right or none of it works,” he says. “Also you must get the coat right. My fox, for example, has a soft and spiky coat which was very difficult to get right. Sometimes you look at something and you know you don’t like it, but don’t know why.”

Peter  is happy to take commissions for pets and animals. Please contact the gallery for details.

Sheepdog
Sheepdog
Pastel on velour. Image size 14x10ins, framed £185 Availaable as a print (samesize), unframed £40
Puss
Puss
Print only available. Image size 14x10ins, unframed £40
Springer
Springer
Print only available. Image size 14x10ins, unframed £40
Hare
Hare
Print only available. Image size 13x8.5ins, unframed £40
Blue cow
Blue cow
Watercolour. Image size 21x13ins, framed £185. Availabe as a print (16x12ins) unframed £40
Foxy
Foxy
Pastel on velour. Image size 14x0ins, framed £185. Available as a print (11x9.5ins) unframed £40
Otter
Otter
Watercolour. Image size 19x12ins, framed £185. Available as a print (same size), unframed £40
Terrier
Terrier
Pastel on velour. Image size 14x10ins, framed £185. Available asa print (same size) unframed £40.
Piglet
Piglet
Pastel on velour. Image size 13x9ins, framed £185.Available as a print (same size unframed £40
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