While it was sold at a less complete stage than other works in progress, “Theory of Relatives” is also an example of something that wouldn’t be shown on this website. As Pete explained to the purchasers, he was exploring the ascension and descension of life in the painting. However, at the time of the initial showing, he thought it looked like a cosmic ice cream cone. Pete worked with the couple on the theme and color palette to fit in a place in their home.
Pete established an art practice that evolved from the insights of his art instructors and mentors, including Mati Klarwein. As an artist Pete wanted success without fame, and studying with Mati not only allowed Pete to develop his unique voice, it also opened doors to receive support, including premier gallery representation. As a Black artist, the barrier to gaining visibility on the gallery scene is simple: it is a segregated and resistant market.
Many of Pete’s paintings sold as works-in-progress. This page will soon expand to include works-in-progress and instructional videos with links for students to access individual classes. If you are interested in seeing Pete’s current works-in-progress, contact the artist to arrange a private viewing.