In 1977 he entered the Art Education Faculty at the University of British Columbia under the mentorship of Canadian painter Gordon Appleby Smith, who helped refine his impressionist style of landscape painting. Canadian artists Sam Black and Toni Onley also greatly influenced his painting style. During the summer months he worked in the Chilliwack Lake area as a tree planter, juvenile spacer and surveyor. The inspiration for his artwork came from the glaciers, forests and mountain peaks of the region. Throughout the late seventies and early eighties he exhibited and sold his oil and watercolor paintings in the Vancouver and Chilliwack areas. In 1983 he moved to Quesnel with his wife, Lori, to begin a career as a Secondary School Art Educator.
For the past thirty years he has been teaching art classes at the elementary, high school, and college levels. Peter's impressionist style of landscape painting focuses on the beautiful Cascade Mountains and Chilliwack River Valley area and the gold bearing creeks, winter snows and spruce forests of the Cariboo region. He exhibits his work in various shows throughout the province.