About My Paintings and Drawings …
If one listens, one can hear things talking. People, animals, plants, houses, everything. I listen and I paint what they say.
What motivates my work? The desire to show the meaningful or purposeful existence in all things. I am particularly drawn to the presence that things project into the world; the quality of their mood, attitude, or bearing. It is rare when I encounter someone or something that has no desire to express itself, no feelings or thoughts, nothing to say.
What makes a painting successful? I like my paintings to be metaphysical, engaging, thoughtful, and painterly. Metaphysical, meaning that they depict a world beyond the realm of objective experience; a world that could exist, but does not. Engaging, meaning that figures and objects invite the viewer to take part in their world. Thoughtful, meaning to transform initial engagement into inquisitive study, often by blending motifs and themes from various places and times. Finally, it must look like a painting.
What kind of art do I make? I call myself a contemporary genre painter, one who captures moments in daily life.
What informs my work? Drawing and painting are not skills or a job that I can start, stop or compartmentalize. Therefore I cannot think of anything in my life that does not impact my work.
About My Watercolors …
It’s what I do when I travel or am on the go. Watercolors are easily transportable and enable me to quickly capture what I see.
About me …
I’ve been everywhere that is in my artwork and every piece has a story. I spent many days and nights in the Arizona desert exploring abandoned mines and native petroglyphs (I found some that were previously unknown!), occasionally walking with, even surrounded by, coyotes and other wild things. I’ve skinned an elephant, surfed with a gray whale, programmed computers, earned a PhD and an MFA, worked on cruise ships, lived abroad, walked around in Frankenstein’s castle, and (almost) got lost in Morocco.
I love artwork of all styles. I take art making seriously. I study those who came before me and keep abreast of my contemporaries. I research my materials and explore different media and ways to make art.
- Undiscovered – Group show, Art on Broadway Gallery, Beaverton, OR. January 2017.
- Peter Turgetto and the iPad / Analog meets Digital – Solo show, Kaiserslautern Media Center, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2014.
12 digital iPad drawings based on 1930s photographs by Turgetto. Reviewed in Die Rheinpfalz, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
- Artothek – Group show, Landstuhl Public Library, Landstuhl, Germany, 2012-2015.
European watercolors in the exhibit and checkout program at the library.
- Local Scenes – Solo show, Visione Restaurant, Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2011.
8 digital iPad paintings of local scenes.
- New paintings from Alaska – Group show, Village Coffee Roastery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2010.
- Paintings from the Mediterranean – Group show, Village Coffee Roastery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2009.
- Ports and Places – Solo show, Officer’s Dayroom, onboard Celebrity Mercury, 2008.
- Western Connecticut State University M.F.A. Exhibition – Group show, Prince Street Gallery, New York, 2006.
Reviewed by J. McCormack in In Gallery and Studio: The World of the Working Artist, New York, p. 7.
- Forest and Trees – Group show, Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Farm Trust, New Milford, CT, 2006.
Review by N. Barnes in The Litchfield County Times Monthly, March, pp. 26-29.
Included photograph of Morning Mist, Oil on panel.
- Scenes Of Country Life – Group show, Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Farm Trust, New Milford, CT, 2005
- Dr. Jane Goodall Symposium Show – Group show, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2005.
- M.F.A. First Year Exhibition – Group show, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2005
- Annual Evening of Art – Invitational group show, Artists and Friends, Bethel, CT, 2004.
- Exhibition of Art at the San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, CA, 2003.
Second place, abstract sculpture (Ripple, cut & welded steel)
- Student Show – Group show, Boehm Galley, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA, 2002
Reviewed in The Telescope Weekly, San Marcos, CA, p. 1. Featured cover photograph of my artwork, Plastic Osama bin Laden (glass paint on 3 overlapping acrylic panels).
- Annual Arts Benefit – Group show, St. James Catholic Church, Solana Beach, CA, 2002
- Scholastic Magazines Arizona Regional Exhibition – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1967.
Certificate of Merit, Padre Kino bring cattle to the Altar Valley, after T. DeGrazia.