Artist Pete Sintes
began drawing at around 7 or 8 years of age fascinated with hot rod cars, Rat Fink and Disney. I graduatedfrom Fort Walton Beach High, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Then attended Okaloosa-Walton Community College (now Northwest Florida State College) then on to The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. My career has spanned over 40 years as a technical illustrator, graphic designer, multi-media and digital content creator and visual conceptual artist/ illustrator for private industry and US Government (USAF DOD Civil Service). Throughout my career I’ve utilized both traditional and digital media/techniques in developing my art. In 2015 I decided to resurrect my airbrushes and restart developing airbrush art. Due to the break of over about 20+ years there was slight learning curve in the new surfaces and paints now available. So, to shorten the learning curve, which proved to be the best decision. I chose to take workshops from Dru Blair (on site), Gerald Mendez and Steve Gibson (Airbrush Art Circus), which proved to be the best investment I could have possibly made. Not only did it shorten the learning curves, but I was exposed to new and advanced techniques from the “Master” themselves. “PRICELESS”. I combine my skills in digital and my art. I usually begin with sketches on paper or sometimes on my iPad. Once I settle on the concept I’ll begin researching reference photos from my collection or the Internet. I’ll then composite the images and manipulate them in Photoshop until it resembles what I envisioned in my head. It’s only been recently that I’ve begun” to display my art to the public. I’ve been recognized by Airbrush the Magazine as one of the top “100” Airbrush Artists for 2018, 2019 and 2020. I was also selected to display my airbrush piece “BB Sings the Blues“ at the Southeastern regional art exhibition, ArtFields 2019 in Lake City, SC where there were over 300 artists from the Southeastern US were represented. I’m also a regularparticipant at Pensacola, Florida’s Gallery Nights and Seville Quarter’s Artist’s Gallery Night since 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic put an abrupt halt to shows and exhibitions for the balance of 2020, so I focused on creating new work and boosting my social media presence. As a result of those efforts I was recently selected to display 2 of my airbrush pieces, “Balboa Guitarist” and “Maverick’s Left” at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, in Melbourne, Florida, in the 100% Pure Florida Artist Juried Exhibition. In addition, I was also selected to participate in the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Juried Exhibition at the Emerald Coast Theater Company. Those pieces are also airbrushed and titled “Sea Turtle II” & “Sea Turtle III”. Besides those places currently my work can be viewed on my website: www.34pro.com
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Some of Pete’s artwork below.