Peter has spent his life creating art in various forms; he has spent the bulk of his career in the graphic design industry, starting work with pen and pencil in a creative studio in the 1980’s, then designing and illustrating using computers as the industry turned digital.

Following a serious mental breakdown in 2014 including a spell in hospital, Peter reconnected with creating art by hand to aid his recovery. He set himself a brief to create beautiful works that existed in the world, rather than digitally, bucking the modern trend for NFTs and virtual works. Peter finds real fulfillment and joy in the uniqueness of each piece, and the ink splatters and smudges or blobs of oil Paint add genuine randomness that, he says, is difficult and time-consuming for a computer to replicate authentically, and adds a real sense of human expression.

He’s still very much at the beginning of this new art chapter in his life, and this website is a celebration of the first stage of what Peter hopes will be a long journey. He invites you to celebrate where he is now, fully recovered and creating, and also to join you on his journey into art in the coming years.

Where you can see Peter’s work in person:

The The Oyster Gallery in West Mersea has selected works.

Art Shows:

Pop-up Show at Old Grocery,
48 High Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9AZ.
23rd – 25th September 2023,

10am – 4.30pm


Please feel free to visit this site regularly as new works will be posted as they are created.

Peter comes from an artistic family, His father, David Porteous-Butler, is a fine artist who works mainly in oils, his site can be viewed here.