Peter Pettegrew

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    Peter Pettegrew has devoted his life to capturing the timeless beauty of the natural landscape on canvas. As a youth, his world was centered in Monterey Bay, California, and it was here that his compelling encounters with the ocean inspired sketches. As early as four years of age, his aunt, who was a painter, recognized his talent and insisted to his mother that he only be given blank paper; no coloring books. Childhood sketches symbolized the sights and sensations of ocean landscapes, and soon more serious efforts resulted as he turned to painting. By ten years of age, the artist was already studying with one of the older marine painters in the Bay Area.

    His formal art education began when he applied and qualified for admission to Harbor Senior High in Santa Cruz, California, a prestigious and progressive school dedicated to advancing the development of artistic skills and creative freedom. After moving to Florida, Pettegrew went on to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where he studied painting as well as graphic art techniques that he now employs in his work with hand-pulled serigraphs, stone lithographs, and originals. After his formal education, he furthered his schooling in individual mediums through private artist workshops, including oil painting, watercolor techniques and charcoal drawing. Finding his inspiration through detailed research of the Master Impressionists and plein air painters of the 19th Century, this work revealed the undeniable course for his life, “to honor the face of nature by painting her portrait in so many ways and in so many places.”

 

Museum Collections:

  • Museum of the Everglades 
  • The Museum of Natural History at Naples
  • Orlando Museum, Orlando, FL


Museum One Man Exhibitions:

  • Museum of the Everglades, Everglades, FL
    • Jan 28 – Mar 24, 2001
  • Museum of Natural History at Naples, FL
    • Jan 7 – Jan 31, 2002


Museum Group Exhibitions:

  • Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL - 1999
  • Museum of Natural History, Naples, FL – 2000
  • Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL – 2000
  • Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL – 2000
  • Orlando Museum, Orlando, FL– 2001


Highest Auctioned Painting:

  • Naples Beach, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24” - $35,000 - 2002


Corporate Collections:

  • Computer Power Inc. – Jacksonville, FL -1986
  • Edward T. Byrd Co. – Orlando, FL
  • Florida Steel – Tampa, FL -1985
  • Hogan Group – Tampa, FL - 1984
  • Holland & Knight – L.L.P., St. Petersburg, FL - 1996
  • Larson Juhl – Norcross, GA - 1993
  • PCSU – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pilmanacyclics Company – CA - 1987
  • The Articulation Group – Tampa, FL- 1994
  • TECO, People’s Natural Gas Company - Tampa, FL - 1997
  • The Stuart News – Stuart, FL - 1998
  • The West Company – Lionville, PA - 1985
  • Tru-Vue Company – Chicago, IL - 1995
  • First Union, Naples, FL - 1996
  • First Union, Coral Gables, FL - 2001


Private Collections:

  • Kelly Craig – Newscaster
  • Dan Quayle – Former Vice President of the United States
  • John Rigsby – President, Time Warner
  • John Travolta – Actor
  • Greg Block – Art Dealer, Collector
  • Bob Hite-WFLA Anchorman NBC


Municipal Collections & Fundraising Events/ Projects:

  • Chamber of Commerce – Orlando, FL - 1991
  • City Hall of Orlando – Orlando, FL - 1991
  • Mayor’s Beautification Program, City of Tampa – Tampa, FL
  • Artist in Residence, Naples Winter Wine Festival for the Children’s Educational Foundation - Naples, FL 2002 
  • Voted number one painter in 2001 by Florida Magazine
  • National Parks Foundation - 1998
  • Beaufort Open Land Trust - 1998
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida – 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Sierra Club Fundraiser – 2002
  • City of St. Petersburg, New City Hall – 2002
  • Princess Martha Hotel-2003
  • Conservancy of SW Florida- 2005
  • City of Apopka, FL City Hall 2007

 

One Man Gallery Shows:

  • Profile Gallery, Jupiter, FL – 1996 
  • Gallery One, Naples, FL – 1997 
  • Florida Aquarium/ Land and Sea, Tampa, FL - 1998 Ritz Carlton TECO Honorary, Naples, FL - 1999
  • Stellers Gallery, Jacksonville, FL – 1999
  • SilverSpoons selected artist at Tampa Museum, Tampa, FL - 2000
  • MacArthur Galleries in conjunction with Mayor’s Beautification Program, Tampa, FL – 2000
  • Wildlife Gallery, Orlando, FL – 2000
  • Gold Leaf Gallery, Deland, FL – 2000
  • Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, FL - 2001
  • Stellers Gallery, Jacksonville, FL – 2002
  • Richard James, Charleston, SC – 2002
  • Gallery 1792, Winter Park, FL – 2002
  • New River Fine Art, Naples, FL – 2003
  • Fredlund Wildlife Gallery, Orlando, FL – 2003
  • Southeastern Wildlife/Landscape, Charleston, SC- 2004
  • Galerie du Soleil, Naples, FL- 2004
  • Galerie du Soleil, Naples, FL – 2005
  • Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC 2005
  • Thornebrook Gallery, Gainesville, FL 2006
  • Thornebrook Gallery, Gainesville, FL 2007
  • Cutters Fine Art, St Augustine, FL 2007
  • Richard James Gallery, Charleston, SC 2007


Group Shows:

  • Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA - 1997
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida, in conjunction w/ the Natural History Museum, Naples, FL – 2000
  • Wildlife Expo, Lakeland, FL - 2000
  • Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa, FL – 2002
  • Walls Gallery, Wilmington, NC – 2002
  • South Eastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC- 2005
  • Galerie du Soleil, Naples, FL – 2004
  • Galerie du Soleil, Naples, FL – 2005
  • Conservancy of SW Florida – 2005
  • Lyssa Morgan Gallery Tampa, FL 2005
  • Richard James Gallery Charleston, SC 2006
  • Stellers Gallery Jacksonville, FL 2007


Memberships & Contributions:

  • American Society of Classical Realists Audubon Society
  • Beaufort Open Land Trust
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida 
  • National Parks Foundation Nature Conservancy
  • National Watercolor Society (N.W.S.) 
  • Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.)
  • Wildlife Federations
  • Sierra Club
  • Wekiva Invitational Plein Air Paint Out 
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