AN ARTIST who turned his passion into a profession has moved to a new studio and begun teaching workshops as his business goes from strength to strength.
Nathan Pegler left his job at Honda after 20 years to start his own small business as an illustrator, NJP Pastel Art.
After three years of hard graft, he’s had his work showcased in exhibitions and just appeared as a guest at Swindon Comic Con.
He’s currently settling into his new studios in Winterbourne Bassett and looking forward to teaching his second ever workshop.
Nathan said: “The scenery’s fantastic and I have more space here so I’ve been able to start my new workshops, it’s really exciting.
“Teaching was something that I’ve wanted to do as an artist for some time, I want to pass on knowledge, help people get involved in art and find their creative side.
“I was quite naive when I started, I thought I’d get successful very quickly and after three years I’m starting to get the success I envisaged.”
Nathan hopes to eventually diversify from his current workshop group’s age range of seven-to 14-year-olds and teach amateurs and enthusiasts of all ages.
The 44-year-old’s also branching out into pen and ink art after mainly working with pastels to produce landscapes, seascapes and fantastical sci-fi creations.
The latter makes him the ideal guest for comic and sci-fi conventions and he’s preparing to go to several of them across the country over the next few weeks.
He said: “It was a thrill to be at Swindon Comic Con with my own poster above me at my own table, it’s been a fabulous opportunity.
“There’s been more interest and commissions since then and I’m thrilled to get the work and the challenge, it’s all heading in the right direction and going really well.”
Published 9th June 2017 in Swindon Advertiser: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15339523.Artist_Nathan_has_more_room_to_manoeuvre/
SWINDON Open Studios proved to be quite the reunion for first-timer Nathan Pegler over the course of the weekend.
Having welcomed guests from his former job at Honda – and even a childhood teacher from the 1980s – he is now eagerly awaiting what the second weekend of this year’s event has in store for him.
The 43-year-old took voluntary redundancy from Honda two years ago and has set up shop in Royal Wootton Bassett as a full-time professional artist which sees him in his studio busily creating colourful pastel works as well as running courses and workshops.
And this year he boldly signed up to form part of the Swindon Open Studios trail – one of just four to be found south of the M4.
A nice in-depth piece in the Adver as they promote the artists taking part in this year's Swindon Open Studios over the first two weekends of September.
NATHAN Pegler, 43, became a professional artist in 2014 after 20 years working for Honda. He opens the first exhibition of his work next week and will also be part of Swindon Open Studios next month. Nathan lives on the outskirts of Royal Wootton Bassett with his partner, Samantha Williams, and has a daughter, Lauren.
NATHAN Pegler has the contented manner of a person beginning to make a living from doing something they love and were meant to do.
He spends a few hours a week as a support worker, ensuring a steady income, but the rest of his time is devoted to art.
Another feature in the local paper marking the opening of my new studio at Ashdown Equestrian, Royal Wootton Bassett.
A FORMER Honda worker whose artistic flair was sapped by years on the production line has spoken of his delight at opening his own art studio in Royal Wootton Bassett.