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Unit 164 Painter Makes The Sea His Studio

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When this artist was unable to afford his own studio, he took to the sea. Globetrotter Peter Matthews draws and paints his work while floating in the water, often setting his canvas on rocks and letting nature takes its toll. The 39-year-old from Leicestershire, England said he had an epiphany after a near-death experience explaining, “I’ve been doing it for over ten years ever since I almost died while surfing when I got dragged under the waves in Mexico.” Peter says he was drawn in by the severity of the moment and decided to make the sea his studio. From there, he's shown his art all over the world, from New York to Rio de Janeiro, to London. He sees his drawing as a method for capturing the sensory, visual, and spiritual convergence that comes from being at sea. Peter says, “I’ll write words on my pieces, which will get washed off in the water. That’s something that I enjoy. It’s an exchange between myself and the ocean.” Some of his art has been washed away entirely - including a mudslide in Cornwall, England that burned several works at once. But the ones that remain sell for as much as around $11, 000 apiece.
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1. For how long has the painter been using the sea as his studio?

2. What made him use the sea as his studio?

3. If someone wants to buy the artist's painting, how much would it cost the person?

4. What do you think about the idea of using nature to make art? Do you think it's brilliant? Why or why not?




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