Oil on canvas, 20" x 20"
Peter was my next-door neighbour when Christine and I lived in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Peter still lives there. He retired several years ago, having worked as a Printer. On retirement he worked for a while at St Albans museum. Christine and I keep in touch with Peter and his wife Anne, exchanging annual visits.
Encouraged by my previous portrait, I decided to try another. Peter was chosen as the subject because, of the photos I had available at the time, I deemed him to be the one that would be most recognisable, due to the beard.
The painting is owned by Peter’s daughter, Dinah, who lives in Chicago. My first three portraits I donated to daughters / granddaughters of the subject. My theory being that this way the painting is more likely to become a family heirloom. I suspect that girls cherish their grandfathers more than boys might.