2017 RBA Creative, Oakland
2017 The Gallery @ Panorama, “Wooden Icons” (solo), Oakland
2017 The New East Bay Open Studios, Oakland
2016-17 Berkeley Art Center, “Here”, Berkeley
2016 Art Night SF, San Francisco
2016 Berkeley Art Party, Berkeley
2015-16 Berkeley Art Center, “Here”, Berkeley
2015 ProArts East Bay Open Studios, Oakland
2015 EBOS Preview Exhibition, ProArts Gallery, Oakland
2014 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley
2014 Peter Thomas, “Mythology Series” (solo), Berkeley
2012 Tech Liminal, Oakland
1999 Grant Street Gallery, San Francisco
1990 “Other Foot In The Door”, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis
1989 “Configurations”, Security Pacific, Los Angeles (Review in L.A. Times)
1988 The Emerging Collector, New York
1984 Academy of Art College, San Francisco
Panorama Framing & Gallery
3350 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Beauty as a subject isn’t topical, dramatic or interesting, and in art, it seems to automatically reduce any work to the category of decorative.
I’m interested in beauty as not decoration but as a concept that is important for human happiness. I explore this in images that come from my subconscious which I access through spontaneous sketching. From these images, I try to create paintings that express dreams, emotions and yes, beauty. My aesthetic is influenced by many things. The Bay Area, a place that is geographically and culturally diverse, is a huge influence. The art, the nature, the thousands of faces I see everyday all seep into me on a daily basis and influence my work.
In my work, I express beauty as I experience it in my mind’s eye. My hope is that each piece will evoke in you a feeling or emotion that you haven’t experienced in a while and welcome its return.
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. In kindergarten, I started telling people I was going to be an artist when I grew up. This was my second choice; my first choice was to be a deer. I was very embarrassed about this when I realized you had to stay a human your whole life.
I had my first art show in 5th grade. My homeroom teacher had me hang my art around the classroom and then the other 4th and 5th grade classes filed in one at a time. Later, when it was time for me to go to college, my parents would not allow me to go to an art college or even major in art. My first act of disobedience ever was declaring my Fine Art major at Connecticut College.
I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area just after college, which felt like coming home. The natural surroundings have been a strong influence on my life and my art. I pursued an art career for about a decade but then decided I did not want to sell my art, as it was too personal. It was not until 2012 that I completely changed my mind on this. I was possessed by a strong desire to get my art out into the world. Since then I have had numerous shows and participated in East Bay Open Studios. I would like my art to bring beauty and inspiration to as many people as possible.