Sketching in Secret
Meet Metlifecare’s very own mystery cartoonist, nicknamed the Greenwich Gardens’ ‘Banksy’
A couple of years ago, cartoons started to mysteriously appear on the noticeboard in the reception area at Greenwich Gardens. Well-drawn and humorous, with a cheeky sense of fun, the cartoons acted as a running commentary on life around the village.
The first cartoon poked fun at a deafening reversing alarm on a truck which was on-site as part of the development to expand the village. The mystery artist went on to create sketch after sketch, all with a witty take on life as a Metlifecare resident, each signed with a single initial: ‘P’.
Now each cartoon is eagerly anticipated, especially when something eventful happens which residents know is sure to catch the attention of their creative neighbour.
Surprisingly, ‘P’ was not an artist by trade, but enjoyed a successful career as an Electrical Engineer before working in sales for electrical manufacturing companies. He did work as a design draftsman for a stint which he thinks must have helped hone his skills, however drawing and art was something he could ‘just do’ from an early age.
P’s love of drawing started with sketches of aeroplanes including warbirds such as Spitfires and Hurricanes and he got great marks in art at school. Cartooning however was a hobby that only surfaced later during his time working at a consulting firm.