Peter Coate was born and bred in Somerset and has lived there most of his life. His relations have made a living from the land for generations, either by farming, apple growing, cider making, withy growing, basket and hurdle making and by producing most of the artists’ willow charcoal marketed world-wide. It is not surprising, therefore, that he is a landscape painter working out of doors and in wild places.
He has painted frequently in Somerset on the Mendips, where he started and ran The Mendip Painting Centre very successfully for twelve years.
Since retiring he has worked more often on the Somerset Levels. Although not a wildlife artist, he admires those who are and from time to time includes waterfowl in his paintings.
Apart from Somerset he has made regular excursions to North and West Wales, the Lake District and East Englia. He has been invited twice to work at the Cil Rialaig project in South West Ireland and has also painted in Tuscany and Spain.
Recently, he had an exhibition of Somerset churches in the Bishop’s Palace in Wells.
He was trained at Chelsea Art School and has exhibited at the RA, the ROI, the Society of Wildlife Artists, the NEAC and the London Group. For the last fifty years he has been a member of the RWA and has had many one-man shows in the West Country.