Peter studied at the National Art School and Sydney Teachers College and taught at Bathurst High School between 1965 and 1967. In 1968 he was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship to London and France. He is currently Professor at the University of NSW College of Fine Arts.
He has written monographs on the artists such as Rodney Milgate, John Passmore and Elwyn Lynn. He has been awarded a number of residencies in recent years including the Gunnery Studio (1995) and Bundanon (1994).