In the mid 1990s Peter Heard took a dramatic change of direction, following what he refers to as a life-changing visit to America’s East Coast. It was here he saw the giant lighthouses of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Peter Heard describes this as ‘simply unbelievable’ experience and one that has led him to start a collection of lighthouse paintings – ‘a magnificent obsession’. This now exceeds fifty and is probably the most extensive in the world.
Peter says: My paintings are idiosyncratic, in my own oeuvre and with a strong personal colour palette that could add up to repetition. However, why change a winning formula? Some artists constantly change their imagery, genre, palette, technique and medium – how they do this is beyond me! It’s taken me forty years to make paintings in my own acrylic way. Technically, I search for unattainable flawlessness. A mantra which is always with me is this quote from deep in my journals, 'Develop an infallible technique and put yourself at the mercy of inspiration'. I wish I knew where it came from!