As the son of a fisherman, Pete learned about hard work. That work ethic continues to push him in his art.
“The pursuit of capturing not only what I see but what I can imagine drives me to capture nature’s beauty all around,” said Brown. “If I can evoke an emotional response similar to what I felt when creating the piece, I consider it successful.”
Many of his paintings are influenced by a love of water. Brown paints on the “edge of reality” to create a shared experience with the viewer. Many areas of the painting are completed by the viewer. He believes that art must involve the artist, the art and its audience. Painting is part of Pete’s morning routine five days a week. Teaching forces him to continue learning. Brown studied for four years under noted Charlotte, N.C., artist and teacher Andy Braitman. Those studies helped Pete find his painting voice. He now helps his students find their voice.
Pete’s love of art started in the second grade when his Grandmother gave him a Jon Gnagy book, “Learn to Draw”. He won first place at the county fair for a drawing of a train station with one of the lessons. He has since won multiple awards in juried shows. Brown has collectors across the states. He sells only original works, no prints, choosing to keep each piece one of a kind.
After a career in radio and television, Pete returned to his first love and picked up his brushes upon retirement. He lives in Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, VA, with his wife Carol. His first view each morning is the sunrise over the water.
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