A life-long bohemian spirit and still-life painter, Peter quickly developed a “signature” refined style in the realm of Realism. His chief subject was dishware. He playfully arranged everything from porcelain bowls and terra cotta pots to enamelware cups, ceramic plates and saucers, and vases, sometimes monumentalizing them to two or three times life size. He signed most of them with his simple initials, “PP.” Peter juried into the CAA in 2005.
Peter had a habit of painting all night long and then sleeping until early afternoon. That’s when he could regularly be found at Trader Joe’s in Pacific Grove, standing near the “new products” kiosk, enjoying the samples and philosophizing with staff. He was often spotted at yard sales and thrift shops around the Monterey Peninsula, searching for new dishes for his compositions.
Peter loved this quotation from Henry David Thoreau: “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” He is deeply missed by his colleagues at the Carmel Art Association.