In December 1901, Peck came to  Wilmington to study with Howard Pyle.  He was one of Pyle’s twelve students who worked in the three  studios next to Pyle’s 1305 Franklin Street Studio. Peck worked  with Pyle for approximately three years and then moved to a studio  at 804 Orange Street. In 1906, Peck and Ashley took a studio  on the corner of Shallcross Avenue and Rodney Street.

In May 1908, Peck and Ashley  went to Bristol, Rhode Island, where they shared a studio until November 1909, when Peck returned to Wilmington. Their trip to  New England had been made to collect material for future pictures.  Peck made a similar trip to Warren, Rhode Island, each summer,  and the influence of the New England environment can be seen  in his work.

In the early teens, Peck also  worked in Claymont at an artist’s colony established there. Roscoe Shrader, Herbert Moore, Percy Ivory, and Gayle  Hoskins were also at “Naamans-on-Delaware” during  the years Peck and his wife lived there.

Peck spent some time in France  in 1918, and eventually returned to Rhode Island. He established a barn studio there, and also had studios in New York for several  years.

Peck was a member of the Greenroom  Club, the Wilmington Orchestra-he was a fine violinist-and several  artist’s associations in New England.

While Peck was at the Pape School,  his pen drawings appeared in Household Magazine. Peck painted primarily marine and rural subjects, working usually  in oil. His illustrations appeared in Outing, Leslie’s, Delineator,  Success, Saturday Evening Post, Harper’s Scribner’s, Collier’s, Century, Red Book, Everybody’s, St. Nicholas, and Life.  Peck also wrote short articles for Harper’s Weekly and  Pearson’s Magazine to go with his illustrations. With  his brother, Walter, Peck wrote “The Gasoline Prairie Schooner”  and drew the illustrations; the story appeared in Scribner’s  in 1908.

References: Pitz, Brandywine  Tradition; WWAA, 1936-1941; Sunday Star (Wilmington),  Jan. 30, 1910; DAM files; FLP, Oakley Collection.