Peter McDermott

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Peter entered the West Surrey College of Art & Design at the age of 15, becoming the college’s youngest student. After 5 years formal training, and following a period of 18 years spent in London where he rose to the position of Creative Director within a highly respected agency, Peter felt led to change direction, return to the country of his father, and pursue his first love, watercolours.

Now based on the Isle of Skye with his family, Peter has been painting professionally for just over 20 years. Recognised as one of Scotland's leading exponents of watercolour, Peter's work is represented in private collections around the world.


Artists thoughts:


Watercolour fascinates me...

It’s the combination of discipline and freedom. Discipline, to wait

patiently while washes are drying, not being tempted to ‘adjust’

during the drying process, and freedom, because every mark the brush

makes means something. Therefore a brush stroke can suddenly become a

tree, shadows, rocks, conscious all the time that a wrong move or lack

of patience will ruin what has been already been created.


And landscape...

As a child, landscape represented a connection to one’s roots, whether

it was a painting by my Czech Uncle Ládia of the Krakenos mountains, or

a photo of our Scottish Aunties on the shores of Loch Lomond. Landscape

evoked emotions of belonging and family. Later, the landscape became a

demonstration of God’s magnificent presence in creation, especially with

the ever-changing light and dramatic weather patterns found particularly

in the Western Isles. Because of this, my work is unashamedly

representational, enabling everyone to recognise and react emotionally

to the location and elements portrayed.

I draw my inspiration from James Fletcher-Watson, one of Britain’s

finest landscape watercolourists, Edward Wesson for his economy of brush

strokes and John Singer Sargent for his incredible ability to take the

very ordinary and turn it into something beautiful.

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