Robert Peters, American

 

Robert Peters was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and spent much of his youth exploring the mountains and deserts of the Southwest. He received his formal art education at Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. After completing his studies, Peters became a highly successful freelance illustrator. His work appeared on the covers of national magazines such as U.S. News and World Report. His client list included corporate giants IBM and AT&T. Robert's work regularly appeared at the Society of Illustrators annual juried exhibitions in New York City.

After twelve years in illustration, Peters--determined to make a career of fine art--began to paint landscapes full time. Peters now exhibits at the Autry Museum's "Masters of the American West in Los Angeles and at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. He has been selected to exhibit in the Bennington Center for the Art's, "Artists for the New Century" exhibition in Bennington, Vermont. His work has been the subject of feature articles in several publications including "Art of the West", "Wildlife Art", "Informart", "The Equine Image", and "Western Horseman". His work is displayed in many notable corporate and private collections. Peters lives and works in a country setting just outside of Prescott, Arizona with his wife, two children, and their dogs and horses.
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Bob Peters is known for his panoramic western landscapes, usually with animals, diminished by the immensity of their surroundings. The defining moment in his art career happened when he was a child on a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. He was especially taken with the atmospheric effects of light he saw in paintings, particularly one of gladiators by Jean Leon Gerome.

Peters grew up in Phoenix, attended art school, and then worked for a decade as a professional illustrator, painting advertisements for corporations and covers for books and magazines.

He decided to work for himself and was especially interested in the subject matter of horses. He and his wife, then living in Durango, Colorado, were breeders of Arabian and paint show horses, and he began painting horse portraits and horses in landscapes. But gradually in his paintings, the animals became diminished, and the sense of panorama of the landscape took over, dwarfing the animal subjects with mountains, clouds, or the depiction of a river.

Before settling in Prescott, Arizona, Peters and his family lived on five acres of land on the Central coast of California where he had ready access to the desert, mountains, and the ocean. He also visits animals in their natural habitat including Yellowstone National Park. He paints from field sketches and notes and usually completes about forty paintings a year.

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