The accompanying drawing and calligraphy was created by Peter Joyes during Ellery Littleton’s writing program From Memory to Memoir. Peter was a participant in the program and says, “What a wonderful way to spend a weekend. I was touched by how close to the surface my stories are, particularly the ones I had ‘forgotten.’ It was an amazing experience.”
Peter has made a living as an artist for several decades even though he has not had any formal training. “I invented what I do,” he says. “My passion is in participating in the delight and joy that my work can create. I like to see myself as a ‘merchant of delight.’”
Peter has been involved with The Haven since he first did a workshop with Ben and Jock in 1978. His delightful quirky drawings and signs are often on view in the main lodge, usually announcing the kitchen’s menu for the day. “From attending Haven workshops, I found the courage to do my artwork in public,” Peter comments. “I love the people, the ideas, the conversations, the friends, the food, the laughs and the life energy that goes on there.”
The many aspects of Peter’s colourful multi-faceted artwork can be seen on his website, Graphic Magic.