Peter’s affinity with land and sea country is the inspiration for over three decades of sculpture, furniture making and artwork. The direction of his designs is related and often mirrors his passion for the environment.
Sculpture materials are often collected along Victoria’s rugged coast, driftwood, plastics, flotsam and jetsam and natural fibres take days to find with local knowledge and an understanding of the oceans moods. “I am fascinated by the forces of nature and the wondrous creatures of the southern oceans, rivers and wetlands. My work is a celebration of ecology and I hope to encourage connection between the natural environment and the viewer”.
Peter’s recent artwork includes an ongoing program titled “Fish Project” which uses sculpture as a medium to inform viewers of the human impact on ecology/ environment and the loss of wildlife habitat. He utilises a range of mediums including timber, ceramics, steel and found objects.
Sustainability and use of re-cycled materials is a feature of the work and programs which consist of art/ecology workshops, school programs and community events using assemblage and ephemeral sculptures to convey the wonders of ecology and the natural world. From 2009 the project has included involvement in 3 seasons of Whale research in The Kimberley, facilitating the inaugural Children’s Sculpture Workshops for Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2011 with funding from the Ian Potter Foundation as well as a variety of sculpture commissions and public artworks. The Lorne Sculpture workshops theme “Habitat” was well received, involving the use of natural fibre and natural objects in sculpture making for the old and young.