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Category Individual Artists
Name of Artist Peter Worsley
Country United States
City Santa Barbara, California
Artistic Styles Realism
Subject Areas Children, Landscape, Portrait
Art Media Goache, Oil paint
Artist's Website Peter Worsley's Gallery of Paintings
People going about their life are always fascinating.

Often you may relate to their activities. Sometimes they trigger a thought from your past. Usually, each time you look at them, you will see something different.

With these paintings I continue my basic explorations into the interactions between ordinary people in everyday settings. They are part of my representational figurative paintings in a Contemporary Social Realism style, with an emotional hook.

Many Social Realism paintings, like mine, were bright and colorful, drawing in the viewer with their vibrancy. My paintings follow a more contemporary trend, where in the last decade the movement is being resurrected in figurative scenes.

My paintings are found in many private and corporate collections, and collected internationally.

Born in England, I came to California in 1956, and to Santa Barbara in 1970. My serious work in the visual arts began in 1996, after retiring from some fifty years in industry. Though largely self-taught, I have studied with some world-class artists who teach locally.

Always, I have had a strong desire to include people in my paintings. To me, people add life. After initially choosing to work in watercolor, I gradually introduced opaque gouache into my work, producing many gouache paintings over several years. From these early struggles, I have evolved to where today I paint figurative art, using oil on canvas.

Active in the local art community, I am a Past President of both the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Goleta Valley Art Association, an associate member of Oil Painters of America, a member of the Santa Barbara Studio Artists, and a Founder and Director of Santa Barbara Visual Arts Alliance.