Peter Symonds was born in Surrey in 1964. Self-taught, he started painting professionally following graduation from Leicester University.Working exclusively in oils on canvas, Peter is primarily a landscape painter. He is identified most closely with his views of the English Lake District, Devon, Cornwall and Scotland, but in addition to the picturesque rivers, mountains and coastlines of the British Isles, Peter achieves great variety and scope travelling to and painting wild and remote places around the world.
His paintings are informed by a love of the great outdoors, and he is a keen admirer of the great traditional landscape painters, particularly those painting in Britain and France towards the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. In this tradition, he continually seeks to achieve more than just topographical accuracy, and to create mood and atmosphere through the mastery of tone and light.
Peter has completed a wide variety of commissions, both for private collectors and for companies. His work has been widely exhibited, and features in numerous prestigious collections in the UK and around the world. The Fine Art publishers Solomon and Whitehead have reproduced a number of Peter’s paintings, bringing his work to a far wider audience.