At Genesis we value peoples’ creative talents. Artistically minded volunteers initiate many of the workshops we run at Life Skills; recent activities include craft making, weaving, and a weekly book chat.
One volunteer is using his creative talents in a different way. Peter Fergie, who volunteers at Lifeline and paints in his spare time, is selling his artwork to raise money for Genesis.
“I’ve painted all my life, but since retiring I have dedicated more time to it”.
Painting is quite a contrast from his previous life as a solicitor. He also worked as a social worker before volunteering at Lifeline.
“My social work background helps (at Lifeline) but that was offering formal support. This is more about having conversations and building relationships”.
Using watercolour and gouache (opaque water based paint), Peter paints landscapes, buildings, still life and flowers, what he describes as “typical watercolour paintings”.
He prefers to paint from real life, as a photograph tends to distort the light and the dark.
Peter has been giving away paintings to his friends for a while but would prefer to sell for Genesis.
“I enjoy coming to Lifeline, I’m very impressed by the work that Genesis does – it’s a charity that I feel passionate about raising money for”.
Currently his main commission comes through painting peoples’ dogs, but he is happy to take on other requests.
There will be an opportunity to buy Peter’s artwork at the Bath Flea Market (Green Park Station) on Sunday 4th August and Sunday 3rd November. We will also have a Genesis charity stall with merchandise, crafts, and information.
Alternatively, you can email Peter to arrange a time to come see his work.
Finally we will be showcasing some of his work at the Guildhall in 2020 – watch this space!
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