Artist Biography - Peter Gilbert

In 2000, following a highly varied business and personal life, Pete decide to focus on his painting. The previous 42 years encompassed (in no particular order) graphic and creative design for others and with his own agency, motorcycling around Europe and North Africa, owning a restaurant and then a night club, hitch hiking across America, renovating a derelict property in the N...ew Forest which is still his home and studio, and, of course, being an artist.
"From leaving school in the 60’s I have always painted or drawn. I think not going to art college was for me the best route, as over the years and career changes, I have always found the time to keep painting, exploring and developing my own style. Changing them with my own lifestyle, from the very precise skills needed as an airbrush artist and illustrator to the strong brush stokes and bold colours of my latest New Forest landscapes. Now Living in the Forest my passion for painting the landscape has rekindled, rejuvenated and has if possible increased year on year. I tend to work out on site to capture the immediacy of the moment with pastels and watercolour and then using those sketches either finish them back in the studio or use them as reference for larger canvases in oil or Acrylic. Although working in the moment I try to capture more than a snapshot I want to FEEL the landscape.Since turning professional Pete has had his work in numerous exhibitions (winning a number of awards) and has received commissions from private collectors, businesses and public bodies. He also tutors in the South of France each summer.
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