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Peter F Monaghan
Fine Artist

 
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Story of an Artist

Peter F Monaghan

My name is Peter Monaghan, and I am a self-taught fine artist of contemporary realism based in the heart of the English Lake District. Trained as a forester and building surveyor. I work in both oil and pastel, pastel being the medium used in the sketches for the finished oil on board paintings. I paint what interests me and am not bound by subject, it is the story or the feeling behind the subject that inspires my work. Member of the Lake Artists Society

If you are interested in purchasing a finished painting, please see my contact details.

 
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Glass worker No.3, Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston, December 2019

This is the final painting showing stages in the production of crystal glass in Ulverston, Cumbria. The glass worker Andy is working on a glass. These paintings are part of the series showing craftspeople of Cumbria in their work environment. The Blacksmith is the first in the series

Oil on board 685mm x 915mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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The Blacksmith, Low Newton, Cumbria

Shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018.

Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition 2018 prizewinner.

John Law, a master blacksmith, in his working environment. He was very particular that I recorded his tools correctly. 


Oil on board, 910mm x 690mm

Private collection, UK 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Hardy Speckle-faced sheep, on a frosty morning, Clee Hill Common, Shropshire

The farmer who owns these sheep was surprised to be given a limited edition print. My daughter and her family know the farmer, and her children help with lambing.

Oil on board 400mm x 400mm

Private collection in Bratislava

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Testing the sands, Kents Bank, Cumbria


This is an area of moving quicksand, where the cockle pickers work. Its interesting as it shows the isolation of man within the vast area of Morecambe Bay. The colours are always changing with the sea state and cloud formations 

Oil on board 355mm x 280mm

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Tree on limestone scree, Whitbarrow, Cumbria

Exhibited at The Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition 2018


I often wonder at the beauty of the smaller landscapes within the larger views. This painting shows the contrast with jumbled scree, the mist lifting in the background and the way plants can find a foothold in the most harsh terrain

Oil on board 600mm x 600mm

Peter F Monaghan

 
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The late Harold Welch, aged 98, holding his great, great, grand niece

The painting is called 'Holding onto life', a play on words.


Harold served as stretcher bearer in the First World War at the Somme and experienced the horrors of no-man's land. I always wonder what he was thinking while holding this innocent child.

Private collection, UK


Oil on board 760mm x 610mm

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Showers over Sandside, Cumbria

An area of sea and hills creates great cloud formations. The energy, colours and movement in clouds always leave me wanting to keep looking.


Oil on board 610mm x 610mm

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Kents Bank, Cumbria


Exhibited at the Lake Artists Summer Exhibition 2019

Late afternoon in November.

The sea and clouds were almost like polished steel, with a chill in the breeze coming off the sands.

Oil on board 915mm x 685mm

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Snail's pace

Found an old ceramic milk bottle in the woods. Then observed a snail on its way up the side, while the bottle was drying outside my studio. Had to record the event and fast ascent.


Framed pastel, two images, 220mm x 50mm, frame 440mm x 325mm oak

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Blue bottle with fruit

A wet Cumbrian day with the sound of rain bouncing off my studio roof. Time for a still life. I wanted to work with different materials and to create a pleasing balance. This is a pastel sketch drawing for an oil. I love the depth of colour you can get with soft pastels

Framed pastel, image 325mm x 290mm, frame 555mm x 505mm oak

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Stone, wood and ceramic

Again working with different materials and seeing how the light reacts with the changing surfaces. Collected some empty snail shells from under the hedge as an added interest.

Framed pastel, image  340mm x 220mm, frame 565mm x 430mm oak

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Scarlet elf cup

While walking the dogs in the woods my eye caught a flash of red within some rotting oak branches at ground level. On closer inspection the blue sky was being reflected in the dew collected within the scarlet elf cup. Nature has a wonderful way of surprising you with its colours and textures.

Framed pastel, image 380mm x 140mm, frame 450mm x 170mm oak

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Little Owl

A friend of mine wanted to show me a number of very old oak trees that had been killed off by sea water on the coast.


While looking at the fantastic bark patterns, I became aware we were being watched by a cross Little Owl.

Framed pastel approximately 200mm x 300mm


Private collection, UK 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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The old canal boatman

I carry a sketch book with me sometimes and this is a pencil sketch of a canal boatman in Cheshire. I tried to sketch his wife but she kept throwing stones at me, so I had to back off. They lived on their canal boat.

Framed pencil sketch approximately 130mm x 130mm


Private collection, UK

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Clyde Steam Puffer

The Clyde Puffer boats supplied the islands around the west coat of Scotland. They would beach at high tide and unload or load cargo between the tides.

Oil on board 600mm x 600mm  


Private collection, Canada

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Young girl in a hat

The Shropshire hills command great views of Wales and the midland counties. Here we have a young girl totally absorbed by the view, in a world of her own. Imagination is such a treat at that age.

Oil on board 760mm x 610mm  

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Glass worker No.1, Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston, April 2019

This is the first of three paintings showing stages in the production of crystal glass in Ulverston, Cumbria. The glass worker is working on a decanter. These paintings are part of the series showing craftspeople of Cumbria in their work environment. The Blacksmith is the first in the series.

Private collection, UK

Oil on board 610mm x 610mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Glass worker No.2, Cumbria Crystal, Ulverston, July 2019

Castlegate House Gallery joint award for the most outstanding piece featured in the Lake Artists Summer Exhibition, 2019

This is the second of three paintings showing stages in the production of crystal glass in Ulverston, Cumbria. The glass worker is working on a goblet. These paintings are part of the series showing craftspeople of Cumbria in their work environment. The Blacksmith is the first in the series.

Private collection, UK

Oil on board 685mm x 915mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Damson Blossom and Bee, October 2019

A painting for my wife. Damson trees grow wild in this area of south Cumbria. In the early summer there is an open day for the public, "Damson Day", to show off the wonderful sight of hundreds of damson trees in full blossom lining the valley sides. A great time for the bees. 

Private collection, UK

Oil on board 410mm x 305mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Evening shower clouds over Yewbarrow Cumbria, October 2018

A painting for my wife. She wouldn't allow me to sell it. The cloud formations around the Cumbrian fells can be very dramatic as the weather fronts come in off the Irish Sea and hit the fells

Private collection, UK

Oil on board 340mm x 440mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Christmas card design, December 2019

We always try to design or make our own Christmas cards. This was painted fast using items from the kitchen and garden

Private collection, UK

Oil on canvas 300mm x 410mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Garlic, December 2019

My wife grows garlic in the garden at home. When harvested it is hung up to dry in the utility room. It creates an interesting contrast of colour and shadow against the old plastered wall as the light changes from the window.

Private collection, Netherlands

Oil on canvas 610mm x 450mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Iron Man, February 2020

Back to one of my industrial paintings. I spent a few hours watching the metal casting process at Manor Foundry, Ilkeston, Derby.

The foundry worker was waiting for the others to finish casting and re-fill the crucible from this furnace. I just loved the relaxed pose of Karl Stokes.

Finalist for the Visual Art Open Prize 2021

Listed for the Jacksons Painting Prize 2021

 Oil on board 1220mm x 910mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Jeremy Hall, March 2020

Peter Hall and Sons Limited is based in Staveley, Cumbria.

Jeremy Hall is a furniture maker, restorer and designer, shown here working at his bench.

It is interesting how all craftsmen hang onto their favourite tools and odds and ends.


Oil on board 915mm x 690mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Terriercotta, April 2020

Errington Reay and Co. Ltd

Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland.

Founded in 1878, the last commercial pottery producing salt glaze pottery.

The painting shows cylinder pots being guarded by the workshop terrier Max. The combination just had to be painted.

Listed for the Jacksons Painting Prize 2021

Exhibited at the Lake Artists Summer Exhibition 2021


Oil on board 915mm x 690mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Primrose, May 2020

The start of spring, wild primrose growing in the wood behind my studio.

Private collection, Japan


Oil on canvas  200mm x 200mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Coniston in cloud, July 2020.

Shower clouds moving over the Coniston fells. Time to make a move for home


Oil on board  915mm x 610mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Oak Howe, Langdale, Cumbria. July 2020

Oak Howe is the house at the bottom left of the painting. This is where my children were brought up. A great place to grow up, lots of dens in the rock outcrops around the house. 

Private collection.


Oil on board 1220mm x 910mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Still life, reflection July 2020

In the middle of the pandemic, having to find things in the house to paint as we are locked down. I think this sums up whats important at the moment. Family, a good book, good food, drink and staying safe. 

Private collection.


Oil on board 407mm x 305mm 

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Sweetbriar and Ladybirds. August 2020

Nature has a way of calming the mind during difficult times. This sweetbriar grows just outside my studio and always produces a fine display of flowers. This year the ladybirds seemed to be attracted to it, probably after aphids.

Private collection.


Oil on board 508mm x 406mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Blea Tarn and Langdale Pikes. August 2020

A nice quiet walk after a rainy morning. The sun casting patches of light in the Langdale valley. A good way to get your mind back in some sort of sense at this time.

Private collection.


Oil on board 1220mm x 910mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Ladybirds. February 2021

A small group of ladybirds sheltering on a tree behind my studio. cold conditions and  snow due later.

Oil on board 505mm x 405mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Iron men, May 2021

Manor Foundry, Ilkeston, Derby.

The foundry workers, working as a team pouring molten iron from the furness. It was interesting to see how they were looking after each others safety at all times. 

Exhibited at the Lake Artists Summer Exhibition 2021

Oil on board 915mm x 615mm 

Peter F Monaghan

 
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Time is running out, August 2021

Just a statement of fact.


Oil on board 915mm x 615mm 


Peter F Monaghan

 
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