Peter Gough was born in Nova Scotia in 1947 and has a home and studio in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. He began his art education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1969. He went on to attend Andrews University in Michigan, USA and continued his education under the influence of sculpture Allan Collins.
Peter has exhibited in the United States, Scotland, England and Canada. He is represented in galleries across Canada and the U.K. and in many private, corporate and public collections throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. One of his paintings was presented to his Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on his royal tour to Canada in 1997. In 1992, Peter was awarded the Canada 125 medal for the creation of the Canada 125 logo.
I am passionate about what I paint. For as long as I can remember, I have had a reverence for the natural world. I feel drawn and connected to the land, noting the moods of the changing weather and marvelling at how a well-beloved landscape can change its appearance from one day to the next, one hour to the next.
Once I get to know an area, I recognize almost instinctively what I want to paint. The more familiar you are with an area or landscape, the more aware you are of its details and nuances. You develop a sense of its intrinsic nature—its soul.
My goal as an artist has not been to merely create a detailed likeness of the landscape. Rather I am looking for a dimension, a personality, a mood that resides in each of the places that I paint. I hope my work encourages the viewer to give serious thought to humanity’s relationship to our natural surroundings – our need to respect and revere nature.