"If only you'd remember before ever you sit down to write that you've been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world Buddy Glass would most want to read if he had his heart's choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself."
- Seymour - An Introduction
While I have long since moved past my adoration of JD Salinger, the above passage has always stuck with me and my art . My work is derived from many sources inspired by my daily life. I collect images from old yearbooks, magazines, newspapers, etc. that inspire me and I wait for an appropriate moment to use them.
I take the images out of their original context and use them to create a new narrative, one that comes across as a personal moment. Each painting starts off with a tightly rendered watercolor painting that acts as the foundation for the piece. Once completed, I start layering acrylic paint and inks over the watercolor. These layers create a physical depth to each piece, obscuring the under painting as each layer is applied. I then pull away; paint over, or move objects around with layers of oil paint, until I feel that the work is complete and I can stop.
Artist Pete Sack started his art career at an early age, creating watercolor paintings of baseball players from photos out of magazines. He continued his artistic development at East Carolina University, where he graduated with a degree with a BFA in Painting in 1998. While there, Sack was introduced to oil paint and has had a loving relationship with the medium ever since. Presently residing in Raleigh NC, Sack has combined his love of oil paint and watercolor by creating paintings with both mediums. He is currently represented by Mahler Fine Art in Raleigh and shows regularly in Raleigh and other venues around the area.