The Bonsai of Peter Evans
Peter's involvement with Bonsai began in 1988 with a Christmas present of a bonsai book. After reading that one and many more, he started to make his own bonsai from nursery material, as we all have done.
In 1991 Peter attended his first major exhibition. He was amazed at the size and quality of the trees on display and came home determined to start again.
He set a goal to try to and design show quality trees from locally available material, and started to collect trees from various sites in his home county of Devon. All of the trees collected had the permission of the landowners. Peter was also very selective and soon a small collection of quality Yamadori appeared.
Most of his design techniques were learnt from Bonsai Today magazines. The Gallery pictures gave him the different styles and visual balance, with the articles helping with the technical side.
In 1998 Peter read about the "Gingko" awards in Belgium and entered one of his trees for the 1999 show. It was accepted, and he had became more aware of the European scene.
In 2005 he entered his first British show and was rewarded with the tree being recorded as an important British Bonsai.
In 2006 Peter was the U.K. representative in the European Bonsai Association New Talent contest and traveled to Poland to take part in the finals.
Peter believes that his trees reflect what the current trend called "naturalistic". He is always being asked to attend workshops with professionals to learn "technique" but he feels that he would then only design their types of trees. He honestly feels that he can admire all types of styles but only grow his own. If they are accepted as nice Bonsai, that is a bonus.