Landscapes dominate the subjects of my paintings, simply because they have always surrounded my life. Feeling is the essential motif behind my work; the initial inspiration holds the key to the process that evolves afterwards. I am drawn to a particular place by a luminous colour, a certain slant of light, an interesting shape, or shadow, movement of sky, a memory of sound, smell and sense of ease. These elements are what interest and excite me, stirring my passion to paint.

For me these places are found in northern Ontario. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 95, painting the north was a natural homecoming for me. Growing up it was where I spent my summers and weekends. Growing older I’ve realized the impact it made on my life and work.

Recently I relocated my home and studio from Toronto to Lakefield ON, in the Kawarthas, to be closer to my inspiration. When painting, I reference photos I’ve taken usually only days prior so the image and feeling is still fresh in my mind. Each piece starts as a small oil sketch, where I focus on colour and composition, this then may or may not lead to a larger canvas. I try to paint every day. This is important for my work as well as my well being,

Peter Rotter

In Style magazine. Winter issue 2019
Places Magazine Spring Issue. 2018
The Artists of Kawartha Featured artist. Published 2018.
Cottage Country Connection. front Page. Jan. issue 2016
The Link Magazine. Front Page. Winter Issue 2015
Our Homes Magazine winter 2014
Toronto International Art Fair. Oct. 2014 with Postma Fine Art Calgary AB
Studio Gallery, Prince Edward County, Solo Exhibition, March 2014
Canadian Art Collective, group Exhibition, Wallspace Gallery Ottawa On. Oct. 2015
Artists for Conservation, member since 2014
Ontario Society of Artists, member since 2013
Collections Magazine. Winter 2013
American Art Collector November 2013
Waddington’s Fine Art Auction, participant in LIVE auction, Nov 2013
Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston MA, Group Exhibition, Nov 2013 129 Ossington Gallery, Toronto ON, Solo Exhibition, Oct 2013
Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, Sept 2013
Christensen Fine Art Gallery, Peterborough ON, Group Exhibition, June 2013 Gallery on the Lake, Buckhorn ON, Solo Exhibition, May 2013
Affordable Art Fair, New York NY, April 2013
American Art Collector. October 2012
Toronto Home Magazine. Spring Issue 2012
129 Ossington Gallery, Toronto ON, Group Exhibition, Nov 2012
Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo ON, Group Exhibition, Oct 2012 Canadian Art Collective Exhibition, Toronto ON, Sept 2012
Arta Gallery, Toronto ON, Group Exhibition, Jan 2012
McMichael Gallery Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON, 2009-2012
Arabella Magazine. featured artist. Winter Issue 2010
The Artist Project, Toronto ON, 2008-2013
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 1999-2013
The Artists Life. Peter Rotter episode. Featured on Bravo. 2007
Inside Art EXPO, Toronto ON, 2003-2007
Niagara Street Gallery, Toronto ON, Solo Exhibition 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 Niagara Street Gallery, Toronto ON, Group Exhibition 2006
Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Toronto ON, Group Exhibition, 2005
Buckhorn Wildlife Art Exhibition, Buckhorn ON, 1998-2002
BCE Gallery Art Show, Toronto ON, 2004
Arcadia Gallery, Toronto ON, Solo Exhibition, 1999, 2001, 2002
Kitchener City Hall Fine Art Juried Exhibition, Kitchener ON, 1998
Artworks, Toronto ON, 1998, 1999
Kawartha Arts Festival, Fenlon Falls Art Gallery of Peel 24th Annual Juried Show of Fine Art, 1998


Sheila Hugh McKay Foundation Grant Recipient

Elizabeth Greenshield Grant Recipient Winner 2002, 2003, 2004

McMichael Gallery, BEST IN SHOW 2009, 2010