I am excited to highlight another artist for our art show on October 3, 2015 at Queens University Sports Complex. Lots of fun, local art, live music all for a great cause! More details to follow!
Peter Contre background information
Where I’ve been –
I was born in 1960 and raised in the northwest corner of Rhode Island in a small village called Pascoag, where there are woods and fields and nice folks: and my mom’s painting. I graduated from Burrillville High School in 1978. I went to Rhode Island College uncertain about the direction my life would take, but sure that I needed to draw and paint. At the end of my third year I left coll3ege and immersed myself in a two year volunteer program working with adolescent youth. After two wonderful years I romped across the country for three months, and returned to college to graduate in 1986 with a degree in History.
After graduating I spent four years in New Hampshire working in group homes, factories, and at a college, and going every possible weekend to hike and draw in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My art became a tool that enabled me to express myself and a vehicle through which the people I worked with could tell me about themselves.
In 1990, I was accepted as a candidate to seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, where I found a long sought after well-spring of self-reflection. I completed the program but did not feel drawn to ordination. I returned to RI working at Providence College in the residence halls and filled my hours with drawing and volunteer work. I left the college to become the director of volunteers at a local suicide hotline where my hours coordinating and manning the phones was complimented by hours of doodling and drawing.
In 1998, I had a two month adventure in Africa working at an ostrich farm, and retuned to have my first art show at the Grey Gallery in Woonsocket, RI. It was a small show that stretched my abilities, and made me realize that through all the events of my life there has been two constants: my family and my drawing.
Since 2000, with an eye for a steady income, I found employment with a company that maintains real estate properties. I have made time to hike the 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in two long stints. I have created a reasonable portfolio that describes the breadth of my artistic abilities. And I have become a professional member of the Charlotte Art League.
Where I am –
I continue to work full time for CBRE and spend hours in the studio of my home with water colors, pencils, acrylics, ink, wood carving, and moving art. I love mobiles. I want more and more to be a full time artist and illustrator and am always looking for opportunities to show my work, give my work away so that more people will see it, and search for vehicles by which I can display work.
Where I hope to go –
More than anything I hope to become a sought after illustrator; and an artist who is prolific in his creation of illustration, moving art and paintings. I would like to have an annual show where my work can be viewed and purchased. And I would like to have an active home studio where prospective buyers can visit and discuss commissioned pieces of art.