About Hayfield

PETER HAYES-WATKINS was born in London in 1941. He lived, was educated and worked there for much of his early life. HAYFIELD is the name now used by Peter when painting and producing illustrations.

He was a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Stuctural Engineers, a Fellow of the Faculty of Building and has also studied achitecture. He has been involved in major civil engineering and building projects from as far afield as Hong Kong and the Falkland Islands and in the Middle East and Europe. He has been a partner and director in multi-discipline practices where he has controlled both the architectural and elements of projects.

He moved to the Weald of Kent in the early 1970's where he and his wfe Christine raised their family of three sons. They stayed in this part of Kent until Peter retired to pursue his love of painting.
Having studied engineering and architecture Peter's early illustrative work in pen & ink and watercolour wash has, not surprisingly, been of buildings and street scenes. He now lives in the historic cinque port town of Deal on the East Kent coast and the older parts of the town, which comprise a mixture of Georgian and Victorian archiecture, have provided the inspiration for many detailed pictures in his illustrative style. He has often omitted both sky and forground colour so as not to detract from the detail and subtle colours of the lovely old buildings. Yellow lines and traffic are also not permitted!

In 2006 he produced a series of five pictures recording the view from the end of Deal pier in great detail, an historical record of this iconic view. Prints of these views have proved popular with not only the residents of the town but also visitors from both home and abroad.

His first love is of the countryside and this is his main source of inspiration. He has painted landscapes in many locations throughout the UK. Sketches and photographic reference material is collected whilst walking in his favourite locations which is practically anywhere there is a footpath through a Cotswold meadow, an ancient woodland or a Suffolk field of yellow oilseed rape, not to mention a field full of July poppies in the farmland nearer to home in Kent. This is converted into pre-painting sketches to establish composition and tone prior to producing the final picture in the studio. However, if you live by the sea the need to sometimes paint those waves crashing on the shore cannot be ignored.

This mainly self taught artist has a love of watercolour rendered in a traditional way but is constantly exploring new ways to express his work and is currently enjoying a bold and colouful contemporary mixed media approach which can be seen in many of the pictures include on this site.