Before starting his residencies at La Fragua, Belalcazar, Spain and the Vermont Studio Center, Peter was working within a self-created box with specific boundaries of what his art could be and what it could do for him and the world as a whole. Peter felt that there was more he could be doing artistically, but it was just out of grasp.
Feeling undefined as an artist and needing a “flip of the switch” creatively, Peter knew getting away from the comfort of familiar surroundings and supportive friends and family was essential. These residencies proved to be an isolating time, leading to an emotional breakdown which allowed him to reemerge with a new artistic aim and purpose.
Though Spain and Vermont are very different geographically and culturally, Peters experiences in these places were very similar in what they provided －La Fragua opened his eyes to a new perspective in his work, while Vermont gave him validation in this new direction.