Artist Peter Matthews gets intimate with nature by bringing his art into the ocean

Artist Peter Matthews discusses his process of drawing in the ocean and how that brings him closer to nature.
Artist Peter Matthews drawing in the ocean at Sennen Cove. (Greg Martin)
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"The ocean is, in a sense, writing and drawing itself," artist Peter Matthews explains. 

Matthews' drawing process is unlike many. He takes his canvas into the water with him, submerges himself in his inspiration (the ocean, nature) and, as he says, simply becomes the instrument in which he allows "that visual dialogue, that mapping process to unfold."

It's not an easy task, as one may imagine, and Matthews is prone to losing pieces of work in the water. "That moment of losing a drawing is always a very emotional and quite poetic experience," he says. "The drawing has gone somewhere and it's this state of flux...I quite like that give and take." 

WEB EXTRA | Check out Peter Matthews' process and art below. For more of Matthews' work, check out his website and Beers London's website.

Artist Peter Matthews creates his art while submerged in the ocean. (Courtesy of Peter Matthews )
Artist Peter Matthews creates his art with the ocean. (Courtesy of Peter Matthews)
Artist Peter Matthews creates his art while submerged in the ocean. (Courtesy of Peter Matthews )
Artist Peter Matthews creates his art while submerged in the ocean. (Courtesy of Peter Matthews )

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