I’m often asked what kind of art I make. I know my face clouds over when the question comes, because the answer isn’t simple. Easier, perhaps, to say what I’m not.
I’m not a landscape or a still-life artist …
… though earlier in my career I painted both.
I’m not a portrait painter and never have been, though everyone tells me they recognise Peter in my drawing and paintings.
I’m not an abstract painter, though I love abstraction.
My painting doesn’t aspire to realism, but rather to inner truth.
I’m not an illustrator though I make covers for novels and poetry.
Recently I’ve made my first picture book, though it’s not a children’s picture book.
I’m not a print-maker, though I’m currently making a fourteen print series of screenprints with Dan Bugg of Penfold Press on the theme of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. (Based on the translation by Simon Armitage.)
While I’m an atheist, my work often explores biblical and faith based themes.
I’m not an animator, though I made the animations for the 2013 stage production of The Mare’s Tale (composer Mark Bowden and librettist Damian Walford Davies)…
… I was commissioned to make an animated film to accompany a performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale at the 2013 Hay Festival…
…. and last year in collaboration with artist/model-maker Phil Cooper, film-maker Pete Telfer and composer Kate Romano, I created an animation as the online trailer for my picture book Hansel & Gretel. (Published by Random Spectacular.)
Sometimes it’s not possible to make a simple answer.