Robert Peters’ career as a professional artist has spanned more than 25 years. He is presently a regular contributor to prestigious museum exhibitions such as the Prix de West and Masters of the American West. His paintings are widely collected and he has presented numerous solo shows at several notable galleries. As a former award-winning freelance illustrator in New York City and a member of the Society of Illustrators, his paintings appeared on the covers of publications such as US News and World Report.
Robert began painting seriously while studying art at Northern Arizona University. Growing up in Arizona, and his extensive travels throughout its dramatic geography, instilled in him a deep passion for nature and the outdoors. “The Western landscape is an endless source of inspiration to me,” Robert says. “I draw strictly from my own observations. That imparts an authentic and natural quality to my paintings. If something is in one of my paintings, I’ve been there and I’ve experienced it.” That experience has included living across the greater Southwest. In the early 1990s, the Peters family left Arizona for Durango, Colorado. Peters continued his painting while he and his wife, Nanette, raised and competitively showed horses.
Robert Peters’ began to move from illustration to landscape painting. Their next move took them to the central coast of California, where Peters began focusing full time on his landscapes. “Painting the California Coastline was a wonderful complement to the work I had been doing in the Rocky Mountains,” he says. Peters has now returned home to Arizona, to the high country outside of Prescott, with his wife and children, their horses and dogs. He also exhibits at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Wyoming, and the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona. Publications that have featured Peters’ landscape paintings are Art of the West, Cowboys and Indians, Equine Image, Persimmon Hill, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, and Wildlife Art. The US State Department selected several of his paintings for their Art in the Embassies exhibitions.