I remember always having a passion for creating... drawing, painting, design, carpentry, music; they're all outlets for my creativity. I love taking ideas and bringing them to life to share with others. Making things, and knowing how things are made, has always felt good to me.
I did not go to an Art School, but I am not “self taught”. I learn a lot through my own practice of course, but also a great deal from watching and working with other artists. I will continue to learn and grow trying to absorb knowledge and techniques anywhere I can.
I have held several different non-art jobs throughout my life. It has only been within the last 10 years that I’ve pursued enough art opportunities to work comfortably as a full-time artist.
Where possible, I attempt to tell stories with my art, creating the sense something is about to happen, or just has. I like imagery that begs questions; Who is he? How did that get there? Why? I don't often impart the answer, I think that’s for each viewer to dream for themselves.
Like my original artwork, this website is created and maintained by me; Pete, the Artist. When you purchase an original or printed reproduction, it is produced, packaged and sent on it’s way by me personally. Thank you for supporting an independent artist!
Frequently asked Questions
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been painting professionally for roughly the last 7 years. I’ve been an “art guy” my whole life and have always found ways to exercise my creative muscles. It has only been in recent years that I’ve made a conscious effort to establish myself as a working artist.
Are your paintings Oil or Acrylic?
Although I enjoy a variety of painting materials, I use acrylics almost exclusively for the work featured on this site.
What inspired that piece of art?
I collect ideas from everywhere. I make observations constantly. I write them down. I talk about them. I make sketches. I take photos. I save images I see on the internet. I write down my dreams. Ideas are everywhere, and every piece of art starts a little differently.
are your paintings from photographs?
Sort of… I use photos as reference for many of my paintings. A lot of my landscape work is mostly imaginary but some are based on real places. For other paintings, I’ll reference a variety of photos for inspiration or to ensure accuracy of specific elements.
How do you determine the price of a painting?
I price my art based largely on what it’s worth to me. A lot of artists use a square inch scale. I don’t feel that size alone is a fair measure of value. A really large, poorly made piece of art shouldn’t automatically be valued more than a 10” masterpiece. The quality and uniqueness of the work, size and work time are all considerations for me. Really, it’s decided by the audience. My mother told me once that things are only worth what someone’s willing to pay for it.
Do you do commissioned paintings?
Yes. I am happy to work with you on your custom artwork idea. I price commissions with an hourly rate based on the scope of the project. Message me with your ideas to get started.