The information on this site was first created by Peter Weatherill, an artist since 1992. He took up the hobby after retiring from the world of banking.
He started with soft pastel, moved on to acrylics, ventured into graphite, back to acrylics, watercolours then to coloured pencil. He also enjoys watercolour pencils and pastel pencils along with dabbling briefly with oils. His main subject of choice is landscapes and he also enjoys still life.
During all this time he spent a three year term as Chairman of the UK Coloured Pencil Society and undertook demonstrations and workshops to art societies, as well as carrying out demonstrations for Coloured Pencil Manufacturers at shows. For the last 12 years he taught art courses at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. He has now finally retired (again!) at age 82.
Wanting to keep the mine of information he has gathered online he looked around for someone to take over "his baby" and was delighted to hand over the reins to Carol Leather.
Carol has always loved art, starting as a child after watching her mother draw horses on any available scrap piece of paper. Sadly, due to this not being good quality acid free paper, many of those pieces have yellowed and deteriorated over the years.
Carol passed her O'Level (as it was called back in the 70s with flying colours) but then put her art to one side as marriage and children took centre stage.
On her 53rd birthday she decided to pick up her pencils (graphite at that time) and do some more drawing. She signed up to a one week, online course with David Dooley during which she created a still life drawing in coloured pencil, a medium she hadn't touched since school.
Surprised and delighted with the results she took a few more classes. Once the classes finished after David died, she found 'going it alone' rather difficult, and picking the 'right' coloured pencils tricky. Therefore, she reverted to graphite for a few years.
Near the end of 2018 she was encouraged to try coloured pencil again by her online art teacher, Sandra Angelo. Branching out and trying new materials, Carol eventually found Polychromos pencils which suited her style of work perfectly. Her subjects of choice are mainly animals, although some still life pictures have crept in to her portfolio. She creates pet portraits on a commission basis.
She was delighted to accept Peter's offer to take over this site and build on it in the coming years.