Peter said of himself 'I am a self-taught artist'. He retired from
the Natural History Museum in 2006, where he had been a
palaeontologist for many years and where he 'grew used to drawing
old bones'. He saw his progression to painting as natural and 'only
a matter of time'.
He enjoyed painting the English countryside and coastlines. Based in
Hampshire, he found plenty of old barns, farms and vistas to record
in all seasons, while holidays in Devon and Cornwall provided
additional scope. Most of his paintings were in pure watercolour,
but he sometimes used egg tempera because of its ability to reflect
depth of colour as well as texture.
Peter was actively involved in local art societies for many years,
serving on some of their committees and always exhibiting paintings
in their exhibitions, mainly in Hampshire. His talent, generosity,
warmth and kindness will be missed.