It wasn’t until Peters went to Northern Arizona University that he took his first art class. Advised by a professor who recognized his talent for drawing, Peters honed the dedication and professionalism required to give him an edge in the world of commercial art. He soon built a career in New York City and became a member of the Society of Illustrators, creating advertisements for IBM, AT&T and Motorola as well as covers of publications such as US News & World Report. By the early 90s, however, Peters and his wife were ready to move out of the city and raise horses, so they purchased a ranch in Durango, Colorado. It was then that Peters began painting landscapes, often with his beloved horses as subjects.Now, Robert Peters mostly paints from the memories of his travels across the Southwest, sometimes taking notes on site in the form of drawings or value studies. He has also gained a great appreciation for the peoples who once inhabited the Southwest by studying how their lives were impacted by the landscape, which he expresses through still life paintings of Anasazi artifacts and landscapes of ancient cliff dwellings. Above all, his paintings place a high importance on scale, value and lighting.
The masterful composition of Peters’ paintings has not gone unnoticed. He is a regular exhibitor at the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum and The West Select at the Phoenix Art Museum. In 2011 he was awarded by the Eiteljorg museum for having the best body of work exhibited at the Quest for the West. Peters continues to experiment and explore new subject matter, believing that “there is no limit to how far you can take your ability”.