Peter Barker RSMA


Peter paints using oils, pastels and watercolours, and still gets a great kick out of people buying his work after 32 years painting for a living. 


Peter paints both en plein air for smaller panels in oils, and in the studio for larger works. The larger paintings are worked up using his own photos displayed on a large screen - the next best thing to actually being before the subject. For oils Peter doesn't sketch out the composition, but rather goes straight in with a brush, then scrubs in the darks and works up the painting in layers, mostly using fast-drying Alkyd oils. For pastels, he sketches in first with charcoal and for watercolours in pencil before applying the slabs of colour or washes, respectively.


1954 Born on 3rd January in Banbury, Oxfordshire

1969 Won under 16s Ford National Painting Competition


Became golf professional 1972-1983! Won some notable tournaments.


Started painting for a living Dec 1st 1983, entirely self taught, but received much early encouragement from renowned landscape artist, Caesar Smith.


1994 Filmed by Anglia Television for a short art slot on prime-time news.


2006 Won Frank Herring Award at the annual Pastel Society Exhibition


2009 Won Ranelagh Press Award and the Stanley Grimm Award at the ROI annual exhibition


2015 Opened up new art gallery - Peter Barker Fine Art in Uppingham



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