Besides many awards, this artist has earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, and a coveted Fellowship from SWAIA, the sponsors of Santa Fe Indian Market.
His training in studio art shows in his skillful use of paint, as well as the versatility of his styles.
Equally at home in abstract and realistic modes, he says: “My paintings are expressions of who I am, an individual co-existing between worlds. I use traditional aspects of my culture, to communicate in a contemporary society.” “Twinkle” is a delightful example of this.
Playing with color, contrast, design, balance, and texture, this painting is an unexpected combination of the lovingly realistic and the exuberantly non-representational.
Pete’s mastery of his medium is evident in the confident manipulation of paint, color, and composition.
He says he feels “a painting is more interesting if it has a sense of mystery….”
So, what “meaning” is there, in this pairing of a realistic little burro, finely detailed, and the sweeping motion of the colorful background?
Colors and stepped forms in the background are traditional, symbolizing rain, sky, land, the night sky and the sun (at the right upper corner).
In front, a carefully exact rendering of a sweet little donkey. You feel like petting his shaggy coat and soft muzzle.
Is “Twinkle” a part of the cosmos in balance, perhaps? A dear memory?
According to the artist, just enjoy the mystery, masterful painting, and beautiful color and energy.
So hang it up, and revel in the earth and sky colors, and that winsome little Twinkle.