One day last week I received a rather large, flat parcel through the post. I wasn't expecting anything so it came as a bit of a surprise to me, even when I saw the label on the back of the parcel with Peter Williams' details on the return address. A few weeks ago I'd emailed him a photograph of myself for possible use in one of his Western Art portraits. I'd thought no more about it and said he didn't have to use it if he didn't think it suitable. Therefore I really was taken aback when I opened the parcel to see this little (well, actually rather large) beauty greeting me. When I say beauty, I'm of course referring to the skill of the artist, not the subject matter! Peter had very kindly mounted the pencil portrait he'd done and carefully wrapped it in cellophane then sent it to me. I was really chuffed to have received it. I have already said to Peter that I don't think I will be displaying it in my house, as I think it's a bit much to look at yourself that size on a daily basis - but nevertheless I am still very happy to own the piece of work. Peter just regarded it as a practice piece of work - I still marvel at his skills with a pencil, so I wanted to share this with others! He has recently been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist Of The Year competition 2010. I have a feeling he will go far in that and I wish him every success. A talented artist and a true gentleman, too. I am privileged to know him. You can read more about Peter on his website, by clicking on the title of this post, or you can read his blog here.