Peter was born in Edinburgh and emigrated with his parents to Northampton, WA in 1953. His earliest memories were of travelling through the Murchison region with his father who was the local doctor. He occupied himself on the long drives and frequent break downs with pencils and any paper he could find. From a very young age he developed a passion to draw.

Peter attended the Claremont School of Art in the 1980’s, however he is mostly self-taught. As a profession, he dealt in fine art, both antique and contemporary, and this offered increased exposure to the arts world and an increasing commitment to originality in design and excellence in materials.

Peter states “All of us observe our surroundings in different ways and at different levels. As an artist, I am inspired by the ever-changing south west beachscapes and forests surrounding my home; by the vibrant colours and stark, raw, rugged beauty of Karijini, the Pilbara and our north-west; and the energy, contours and life of the human form and face”.

Peter travels widely through the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, depicting the vibrant colours, haunting presence and ancient textures of these pristine places. These works range from the reflections at low tide on 80 Mile Beach, to the ranges of the Pilbara and to the sculpted shapes of Karijini.

His beach and dune paintings attempt to capture the light, shade and wind which sculpt and form the bright and spare dunes and shore. It is important to him as an artist to accurately depict the living ecology of the beach, which is dynamic and fragile.

Peter enjoys using a diversity of media; painting, sculpting and sketching his fascination with the natural world and with the human form. His most recent achievements were to win Highly Commended awards at the 2010 Cossack Art Awards and Vasse Art Awards (both for Pilbara landscapes), and to be offered the artist in residency for the 2011 Cossack Art Awards by the Shire of Roebourne.