As well as cartoonist for several major Fleet Street tabloid papers, Peter Maddocks is creator of children's greats such as Family Ness, Jimbo and the Jet Set, and Penny Crayon, in both book and film formats.
He now resides in southern Spain where he enjoys life relaxing by the coast and using his free time to experiment with painting in many different styles.
Peter says "I came to live in Spain in the year 2000 to retire and escape the grey skies and crowded streets of London... I wanted to forget cartooning and instead of the pen, turn to a brush with paint and canvas. Besides, the lights had gone out on my beloved Fleet Street. When you live in Spain as I now do, you soon realise why they can boast of so many great and famous artists... The light here is just fantastic, the sun shines for ever and if you use acrylic paint as I do, it almost dries as the brush hits the canvas... I'm sure, had Jackson Pollack lived here with his drip style of painting, he could have dripped one every ten or twenty minutes.
However, I now experiment in every style imaginable with a hope to find one of my own. As a cartoonist I had a recognisable style of drawing, so now I search for my very own painting style, and in the words of the late great Pablo Picasso....In Art. If there is something to be stolen, I steal it.!"
Last year Peter began on a new venture, bringing his books to the eBook genre, he now has many of his 'How to' books for budding cartoonists, or just someone who wants to learn to draw. These are in English, Spanish and more recently, with Japan joining the Amazon 'family' he has included a How to draw eBook in Japanese!
Also now, many short story children's books, a couple of old books reinvented, and lots of new ones!
Also for over 18's a whole library full of short stories is now emerging, to add to the many comic strip books, such as Condomania & Hard Times.