Peter’s main area of inspiration was the Mornington Peninsula. Peter painted regularly at Shelley Beach, Point King and Black Rock where he lived. The wild ocean back beach was also inspirational.
For artistic relief, he painted historical works. His highly researched painting of the First Official Settlement at Sorrento in 1803 has been acquired by the Sorrento Historical Society and is now on permanent display at the Sorrento Historical Museum. In 1995, a collection of local historical paintings was successfully received at Peninsula Gallery, Sorrento.
Peter made regular trips overseas and within Australia, including creating a major collection of twenty paintings for the owners of Tierawoomba Cattle Station in Queensland.
His visits overseas were mainly to France and Ireland. In 1995, he was offered a one month residency at an artists retreat near the village of Ballinskelligs on the Atlantic cliffs of County Kerry, Ireland at the CILL RIALAIG (pronounced Kilraylig) Art Project. While in Kerry, Peter completed a commission of six large paintings for the new international golf course, ‘The Old Head of Kinsale’. He was invited to exhibit at the Huntsman Gallery in nearby Waterville with Irish and other international artists.
While Peter has painted in a number of European countries, he has a particular love for the Irish and French countrysides and coastlines producing a large body of works during his visits. He spent many weeks painting in Normandy, especially to experience the exhilaration and the ambience of the area’s of the French Impressionist Painters. His greatest pleasure was to set up his easel and paint in the garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France.
PAINTING TOURS OVERSEAS
1974 – Four months in Europe, in particular France, Belgium, and the
1986 – Ten months in Europe and Egypt.
1990 – Five months in Europe and North America.
1994 – Two months in Ireland.
1994 – One month in France (Normanby) – painted in Monet’s Garden at
1995 – One month as Artist in Residence, Cill Rialaig Project, County
1996 – One month in Italy (Umbria and Tuscany).
1997 – Returned to Ireland to complete commissions of paintings of the
new International Golf Course at Kinsale, County Cork.
2007 – A painting gifted on behalf of the Australian Government as a
wedding present to a member of The Malay Royal Family.
- 1948 Alan Bernaldo – Water Colour
- 1969 Max Milski – Oil Painting
- 1970 Max Casey – The Meldrum Method
- 1972 Ron Crawford – The Meldrum Method
- 1980’s Max Wilks – Landscape Painting
1973 – Rotary Club Cranbourne (Paintings highly commended).
1973 – Two man exhibition at David Sumner Gallery in Adelaide.
1975 – Two man exhibition at Russel Davis Gallery in Armadale,
1977 – One man exhibition at The Old Lemonade Factory Gallery in
1979 – One man exhibition at The Old Lemonade Factory Gallery in
1982 – Mornington Peninsula Australia Day Exhibition (First Prize).
1983 – One man exhibition at The First Settlement Gallery in
1984 – One man exhibition at The First Settlement Gallery in
1984 – One man exhibition at the Burke Road Gallery in Camberwell,
1987 – One man exhibition at the Portsea Gallery in Portsea, Victoria.
1988 – One man exhibition at the Portsea Gallery in Portsea, Victoria.
1989 – Group exhibition (9”x5”) Heidelberg School Centenary Exhibition)
Oscar Prouse Gallery in Hawthorn, Victoria.
1992 – One man exhibition at Solander Gallery in Canberra, ACT.
1995 – (January) One man exhibition at Peninsula Gallery in Sorrento,
1995 – (December) One man exhibition at Peninsula Gallery in Sorrento,
1996 – Two man exhibition at Solander Gallery in Canberra, ACT.
1996 – Group exhibition at Without Pier Gallery in Sandringham,
1997 – Group exhibition at the Huntsman Gallery in Waterville, County
1998 – Group exhibition at the Collins Barracks Gallery in Dublin,
2005 – Group exhibition at Sorrento Fine Art Gallery in Sorrento,
2006 – Two man exhibition at Solander Gallery in Canberra, ACT.
2007 – Rotary Club of Brighton – Best Seascape/First Prize.