Born in Guildford and educated at Guildford Grammar School Peter had no interest in painting until 1995 when his wife bought a book on painting technique at the UWA book sale. The watercolour paintings of John Blockley fascinated him to the extent that he went out and bought some watercolour paints and tried to emulate him. He was immediately hooked by the magic of watercolour and has been ever since. He attended some group classes under the tutelage of Maurice Kennedy and Tony Letch and through Tony’s influence joined the WA Society of Arts in 1995. He entered a painting in their exhibition that year and was lucky enough to be awarded a Highly Commended and sold the painting to an American couple returning home.
This encouraged him to continue and since then he has consistently sold at both exhibitions and through private commissions. Though he has not won any major awards he has been awarded several Highly Commended, the most recent at the 2013 WASA exhibition. In the 2011 WASA exhibition he won the prize for Best Watercolour and also the People’s Choice Award, his third such award. He has also won First Prize several times in the Society’s Platinum category.
Peter specializes mainly in landscapes, waterscapes and streetscapes though his commissions have included paintings of family farms at Kununoppin and Cardiff via Collie and the view from the 19th hole to the river for a member of Nedlands Golf Club. He completed a commission of a pug for the owner. As a wedding present from the man’s sister, he painted a trio of ocean yachting scenes for a Sydney Hobart racing enthusiast for his new home in Kew London.
His works are in private collections in the UK, Germany, Holland, USA and Sydney.
Due to family and health reasons Peter had not exhibited or indeed painted since 2015. However recently he has completed commissions on paintings of North Beach Jetty and Waterman’s Bay and has received 2 more requests for paintings of Rocky Bay and Cottesloe Beach. This has re-awakened his desire to paint.
The achievement he is most proud of is the winning 3 People’s Choice Awards. He has used the proceeds of these wins to purchase a complete set of oils which still remain unused. Who knows —— one day?
Peter was a committee member of the WA Society of Arts for 20 years including 7 years as President of the Society. He is also a member of The Watercolour Society of W.A.