Peter Cronin paints to immerse himself in and to record his feelings towards the natural word and the marks our presence has upon it. Peter is not presently interested in still life or flowers etc because the pull of the outdoors holds more thrill. He supposes, like most landscape artists, it’s the way the sun lights (or not as is often the case in South Wales) the landscape that fascinates him.
Peter loves the natural world; we despoil and disregard it far too easily. He loves to be out in all weathers.
The layperson may presume that painting is only the concern of the hand and eye, but like many artists who often work outdoors, Peter finds that his best work is produced when all the senses are fired up. It’s a form of hunting where a subject is spotted and time may be fleeting so ears, nose, eyes and feelings: everything goes into overdrive and within an hour it’s all over; gone, and either you’ve caught it or it has eluded you for another day.
Peter is mainly a watercolourist, on Arch and Waterford papers. He works with an overall wash to establish the lightest elements and then try to tease out the shapes with as few superimposed washes as possible, thus maintaining the luminosity of the medium.
In his oils Peter tries and works directly with an ‘alla prima’ approach.
Born in 1963
1983-2003 Structural engineer at Port Talbot Steelworks
2003 to present. Professional Artist
Royal Watercolour Society of Wales.
Pure Watercolour Society