Peter started painting while an undergraduate student of Biochemistry at St Peter’s College, Oxford (1960 -64). He painted in oils and kept the drying paintings safe and hidden from other students in his College room by attaching them to the back side of a tall piece of furniture which he could move in and out. Some of the surviving works from this period are shown on the website.
By 1964 and for the next 47 years the demands of a science career, marriage and child-rearing took over and he only brought out his brushes again in retirement. But by this time he lacked the patience to wait for oil paintings to dry (even behind furniture!) and he switched to Acrylics, attempting various styles along the way.
He has been greatly helped by the expert tuition and friendly encouragement given by Sarah Moncrieff – a local artist living in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Books on art theory and practice (for example by Michael Wilcox) have provided inspiration for improvement in technique. See Tweets on Twitter : https://twitter.com/PeterNewell2017
When he was a young boy at the junior school in the village of Wollaston (Northamptonshire) he often spent his free time (longingly) gazing at the woodwork classroom of Mr Jones where woodworking was taught to the older boys.
However, he left at age 11 to attend the local Wellingborough Grammar School where such woodwork classes were definitely not on the curriculum! So in retirement he taught himself woodwork from books (and by trial and error).
He has designed and made small pieces of furniture, working mainly in American Oak and occasionally in Mahogany. Examples of his work are shown in this website. Woodwork projects