PETER ERSON SMITH ASMA ARAS
Peter started oil painting in 1981 when working at Trangie on the Central Western Plains
in New South Wales. Subject matter was limited at the time to local land and townscapes.
Since that time subject matter and media have expanded considerably, although his
preference remains with oil and subjects that depict the ever-changing moods of the
Australian sea/landscape and maritime subjects generally. He has been a full time
professional artist since 2000.
Sea changes to Cronulla and later to Port Stephens were instrumental in Peter’s interest in
maritime subjects. This casual interest became more of an passion, as a result of son Chris,
a serving officer in the Australian Navy’ influence through shared experiences and
suggested subject material. Chris is currently Rear Admiral, Deputy Chief of Navy. He
continues to be a keen supporter and promoter of his father’s work.
Peter studied art at Charles Sturt University and has also painted and studied with a number
of highly acclaimed Australian and International artists.
During his career he has won numerous awards for his work with the most memorable
being five times Grand Champion Art Exhibit at Queanbeyan Show, National winner,
Australian Artist Magazine challenge 19 and a regular finalist in ANL/Mission to Seamen
He featured in the 2015 edition of the International Contemporary Artist, Gallery and
Museum guide and has had several articles published in Australian Artist magazine and
featured in Hunter Lifestyle Magazine.
Peter is an Exhibition member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), Associate
of the Royal Art Society of NSW (ARAS) and member of Newcastle Society of Artists and
the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre.
Works are represented in Australian private, corporate and Department of Defence (Navy)
collections and private collections overseas in Canada, United States, Ireland, Oman and