Pete was born in Panama City on the 7th February 1980. He remembers continuously drawing from an early age, determined to achieve a likeness to whatever it was he was drawing. However, when it comes to painting, he’s aiming to elevate the subject to something more that just a representation of itself. He’s not aiming to produce a photo like copy of the subject. He wants the painting to look like a painting with ‘paint’. To show the physical side of how the paint is applied and use the subject purely as a foundation to then build up from and from the end result.
Pete didn’t study art at university or consider painting as his profession until a few years later, at which point he consciously chose not to study art. Without formal training he had the luxury of not knowing what was right or wrong and could form and follow his own route.
With this new body of work he has been interested in looking at how we project ourselves. We all wear invisible masks in order to show a part of ourselves, which we want the outer world to see. He has used tangible items such as headdresses and face masks painted on wood. This adds a sense of mystery to what lies beneath.
Other recent bodies of his work have been looking in depth at ballerinas and thoroughbred horses. They are interesting in that they have risen to become the best of themselves. At their heart, both subjects are in brutally peak and beautiful condition. Having gone through such effort and endless arduous training to execute something so pure and intricately elegant is an interesting and fascinating quality to capture. The aim is to create something from its seemingly ordinary beginnings to take it to the realms of the extraordinary.