Peter’s work is inspired by local Nelson scenery, in particular the quality of light, which is ever changing. Peter often sketches outside but predominantly paints in his studio. He ‘roughs in’ the landscape and then paints intuitively, so that the work does not become stifled by restrictions, such as photographs or detailed drawings. His paintings relate to the local Nelson landscape, and usually depict places with which he is familiar, such as Ruby Bay, D’Urville Island, the Abel Tasman National Park, the Moutere and Waimea estuaries, and the “big sky” that is often present. Peter tries to convey a sense of place, yet also allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the painting represents.
Peter usually works in oil on board. He enjoys the depth of colour and intensity of oil paint, used in direct and gestural brushstrokes, which asserts the texture of the oil paint and of the painting’s surface.
His work has been regularly exhibited and he has private collections across Europe, USA, Canada and New Zealand.
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