Former Taree resident finds therapy in design

Manning born Peter Davidson, who went on to become an internationally renowned architect, is planning to exhibit his drawings in Melbourne

Manning born Peter Davidson, who went on to become an internationally renowned architect, is planning to exhibit his drawings in Melbourne

A STROKE survivor is finding relief and therapy in drawing with his works leading to two exhibitions and plans are underway for a third.

Peter Davidson grew up in the Manning and went on to become an internationally renowned architect.

Peter was one half of the architecture duo behind LAB Architecture, who designed Melbourne's iconic Federation Square and also had a distinguished career teaching and lecturing worldwide.

Four years ago he suffered a stroke that initially rendered him confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak.

He has since learnt to speak again and although he remains paralysed down the right side, he walks with the assistance of a cane.

Since the stroke Peter has devoted himself to rehabilitation and his artwork, spending most of his free hours drawing.

He has learnt to use his non-dominant hand to draw and in the past four years has produced more than 3000 intricately lined drawings.

He is currently living back in Taree with his parents but has plans for another Melbourne exhibition.

"Drawing has helped me to start again," Peter said.

"It's fantastic, it's making me better and helping me to express myself.

"I find it to be therapeutic and it's a miracle that I can draw again," he added.

"I just draw whatever comes naturally to me. It was difficult at first but now it just flows."

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