Peter was born in Townsville, and lived the early years of his life in Northern and Outback Queensland. When he was about 9 or 10 he remembers a team of house painters coming to work on his parents’ house. “One of the painters would use up the last of his paint by slapping up small paintings on bits of cardboard or plywood. Watching these images come alive was my first encounter with art, a powerful and seminal experience for me. I was totally captivated and I know my fate was being forged as I saw this man quickly and magically create horses and landscapes.” Later in High School Peter developed a strong interest in drawing and music. In 1969 he began full time studies at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, studying graphics, design and illustration, with the intention of becoming a commercial artist. In his final year at Art College he realised he really wanted to be a painter, not an advertising man.
Peter worked for a short time as an illustrator, then moved back to North Queensland and started a jewellery apprenticeship. Up until 1989, he worked as a jewellery designer and musician, painting only part time, then moved with his family to the town of Maleny to devote all his time to art and painting.
Peter is still living and working in Maleny.