"Living in jail is like living at home for some", So Peter tells me, he had over 15 cousins in the same jail as him. No bills to pay, no stress but boring most take up a hobby and painting is one of them.
Peter hated the idea of painting as he had never done any sort of artistic painting in his life. So painting was it, he started painting and soon found he had a natural talent for aboriginal dot painting and before you ask Peter is aboriginal, you can hear in his voice the excitement over the paintings and how each individual dot is doubled up to get that pop of colour.
His work had been recognised and was asked to be placed pride of place in the conference hall in Parliament Canberra, wow!, what an opportunity to have your artwork viewed by world dignitaries visiting Parliament offices. What was Peter’s answer to this momentous opportunity ‘ Im sorry, you can’t have it. I have promised it to my uncle and aunty it depicts our family tree’.
I met Peter at King’s Beach on the Sunshine Coast and as he unrolled his paintings it was clear why Canberra had requested his work. Peter openly talked about Jail and being out, finding his feet again and living in the real world, he is now a line hand for a concrete pump, he wanted to be an example to his cousins and others still in jail, that they too can make it, to break the cycle and live a real life.
Peter took 8 weeks 8 hours a day to complete his family tree, amazing detail in every dot, with leading lines and........ o.k I will stop and just let view the paintings. If anyone is interested in buying one of , or commissioning Peter for an outstanding piece of art please get in contact.