Peter studied the earth sciences to PhD level at university, followed by training in forestry as a mature student. Much of his subsequent life has been spent working out-doors and therefore landscape and the natural environment are Peter’s main inspiration.
Currently working mainly in oil, soft pastel and watercolour, making many small outside studies, some of which are later developed as large oils. Pastel and watercolour are not only convenient for working outdoors, but also enable Peter to create subtle atmospheric effects. Occasionally using oil pastel for bold, bright colours, and charcoal or graphite when he’s concerned with pattern and tone rather as oppose to colour.
The artist’s work varies enormously in scale and focus, whilst he enjoys making small detailed studies of nature; a feather or a leaf, capturing the huge sweep of a sky, or bare landscape, with little or no detail and most of the emphasis on atmosphere is also a focus for Peter.