Peter Colbert has been drawing and painting throughout his life. Winning various awards, from an early one as a child in Toronto to many others in the graphic design, illustration and fine art fields, his work is known internationally and sold throughout the world.
Colbert is a graduate of Humber College and won a scholarship to OCAD in Toronto. In his career Colbert has learned the importance of interpretation, the value of seeing things from a unique perspective. After learning the basics of excellent draftsmanship and spending years in graphic design and illustration honing his skills, he worked to put his personal stamp on his art. He appreciates artists whose perspectives and personal imprints on their art are unique and expressed in creative and more unique ways. In each of his paintings he sees the opportunity to create something he can get excited about as he utilizes his skills with concepts, composition, colour and craftsmanship. Many of his paintings are representative; others are abstracts where he allows his subconscious to take over while he applies paint to canvas with various implements using layers or glazes to maximum effect.
His inspiration comes from artists like Diebenkorn, Rothko, Degas and Jack Bush. Colbert was born and lived for years in Vancouver and grew up in Toronto. He takes extensive photos on his many walks in the Ottawa area, where he lives and at his family cottage in the Pontiac region of Quebec, using many as reference for his work later. His paintings can be found in galleries in Ontario and the U.S.