Pete grew up in the West Coast of Scotland before studying drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art. Working as an artist and musician after graduating in 1997, he travelled through Europe and to America with his band.
Painting was on Pete’s radar from an early age. Growing up surrounded by his dad’s art materials, he took inspiration from Joan Eardley and Van Gogh drawing and painting until applying for Art School.
Living by the sea on the westerly coast of Argyll with its extreme conditions and changing weather, inspired and influenced Pete’s development as a painter. He is drawn to the spray and movement of crashing waves against weathered rock and uses fluid materials to describe the energy and unpredictability of the sea. He depicts the extraordinary light of the Scottish landscape, against the power of surging water and extreme weather.
Pete works in acrylics and inks, merging these with pastels and dry materials to uncover the rhythms of the land and sea.