Peter K. Mathios


Mountain adventure is the driving force and inspiration behind his art. Whether it is trail running, hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, skiing or snowshoeing, his realistic paintings come from his experiences in the outdoors. Currently a Special Education teacher, Unified Basketball Coach and Baseball Coach, Peter uses weekend adventures and his off time to create to spend time outdoors and create his meticulously detailed paintings.

The inspiration behind Peter’s work sparks from breathtaking moments combining light, landscape and wildlife in a harmony that strikes the core of his soul. As a child, duck hunting with his dad and brother fostered a passion for outdoor recreation, allowing him to continuously render the fantastic hunting scenes he longed to experience during long off-seasons.

This led the artist into the world of wildlife conservation where he has raised millions of dollars for organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Whether observing the majestic beauty of a bull elk on a frosty mountain meadow or the sleek elegance of a Northern pintail, Peter wants to share these moments with others through his paintings.

Peter has won numerous awards with his artwork including being named the 2009 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year. He has designed wildlife conservation stamps for New Zealand, Texas, California, Michigan and Ducks Unlimited. His work has been featured in the Pheasants Forever National Art Package as well as in numerous DU national merchandise packages. He has been juried into the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum numerous times and annually participates in national exhibitions throughout the country. Peter has appeared in Wildlife Art magazine many times, and US Art magazine named him one of the ‘Young Guns of Wildlife Art’ in an editorial describing up and coming wildlife artists.

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