Peter Wale

Multi-awarded experimental artist

This is My Story

Peter Wale was born in a small Kentish village called Rusthall, England, but now resides with his family in the Blue Mountains, about 100kms west of Sydney, NSW, Australia He attended Tunbridge Wells School of arts (UK) for a brief period, but confesses to being largely self-taught as an artist.

He pays special acknowledgement and gratitude to two tutors of recent years. These being prominent Australian Botanical illustrators Barbara Duckworth and Marion Westmacott, who ignited his passion for painting plants and wildlife. He also derives much inspiration from many artists including Australian bird artist, William Cooer and New Zealand’s Raymond Harris- Ching.

“I would have come to Australia sooner had someone remembered to tell me I might have a lemon tree covered in Sulphar Crested Cockatoos in my garden,” He says.

I find it impossible to be surrounded by so much beauty without having to paint it. The birds, and animals and plant life are just exquisite!

Peter is in great demand as an artist, tutor demonstrator and exhibition judge. He teaches, on average 9 classes per week, together with regular weekend workshops and seasonal schools.

He paints commissions, especially for animal portraits and is currently working on a collection of paintings of Australian birds to be available as original paintings and limited edition prints.

His work has been published in both Australia and in the UK and his pictures hang in collections in Australia and overseas.

He claims his versatility as an artist has resulted from a need to make a living from his art, “hunger is a great motivator” he says, “you can’t afford to sit around waiting for inspiration when your livelihood depends upon it. You just paint, regardless of how you feel!”

This has led him to create a diverse collection of artworks, ranging from illustrated Inn signs and menu Boards to Botanical and wildlife Portraits in a variety of mediums.

It is also this remarkable versatility and willingness to” “Give it a go” which helps make him an inspiring, flexible and effective tutor.

Peter formally acknowledges and offers his heartfelt thanks to the Australian museum and Macleay Museum, in Sydney University, for their tremendous support through the provision of premises, study skins and expertise as he attempts to develop his skills as wildlife artist.