Andrew Peters grew up immersed in nature. His father taught him to hunt, fish, and be a good sportsman. His mother encouraged his early interest in art. They frequented the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, where she arranged private painting lessons. Fascinated by birds, Peters hoped to become a professional artist or ornithologist. He was mentored in ecology by naturalist James Malkowski at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Peters earned a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology from Iowa State University. Immediately following graduation, he began a freelance art career painting birds for galleries and commissions. Travel in foreign lands brought new subjects to light, and he settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1985 to seriously pursue landscape painting as his primary focus.
Peters went on to live in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. His work has been featured in more than 40 museum exhibitions. He often speaks with classes of schoolchildren, inspiring students to practice their art and pursue their dreams. Peters won the 2015 Prix de West Purchase Award, which he describes as the greatest honor of his career.