Peter John Horjus was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He moved to New Orleans at the age of 25 to work as an animal trainer, and later attended Tulane where he got his master’s degree in public health. Peter worked as a survey statistician for the United Nations World Food Programme for over a decade, living in places across the globe, including Haiti, Senegal, Italy, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Laos, with his home always back in New Orleans. Peter is a founding member and co-owner of The Crosby Schoolhouse, an art studio and living space in Crosby, Mississippi, and splits his studio work between there and his home in New Orleans. His primary area of artistic work is in fabric. He employs traditional quilt construction techniques combined with innovative use of raw edge applique and other techniques to create large scale portraits.