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Meet Pete Harwood,

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pete Harwood, .

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Talented artists run amok in my family — both my mother’s and father’s side. I’ve always felt a close kinship with creative types going back as far as I can remember. I’m undeniably drawn to the artistic energy and spirit that I am enjoying to this day in Oceanside, California.

As a photographer, I love framing a shot and capturing an image that speaks to my mind’s eye. Sharing that completed photograph that others enjoy brings great joy to my life.

In service to the artistic community of Oceanside, I help showcase local artists of all stripes by producing First Friday Art Walk. We book musicians, painters, sculptors, jewelers and more, allowing them to present their talents to the public in a dynamic event.

I’m now retired and able to spend more time and effort developing my photographic skills. With Harwood Photographic Art, I offer my finished artwork to anyone interested in the coastal beauty of North San Diego County.

Please tell us about your art.
Photographic Art… capturing a split second in time with a camera and celebrating that capture with a creative process including very subtle adjustments. Light is an absolute key to photography and how a subject is illuminated plays a huge part in photography. Learning to appreciate natural light is my absolute favorite element as a photographer.

If I like a photograph’s content, I’ll consider eventually advancing the image to a print. That print can be on metal, photographic paper, canvas or acrylic.

When people see my artwork, I want them to appreciate the natural beauty that is all around us in the San Diego area.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Speaking from my experience in Oceanside and specifically with First Friday Art Walk, I know firsthand the power and pleasure of networking with other local artists. Artists tend to flock together for fun and inspiration. Local galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, etc. attract artistic talent. If an artist wants to enjoy the company of other artists, it’s not difficult to do.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
First Friday Art Walk is a wonderful event in Oceanside, California. This is where I first started showing my photography to the public.

Saturdays I show my work in Artist Alley. Artist Alley Oceanside is a wonderful venue for local artist.

My artwork is installed in NellieLand at Masters Kitchen & Cocktail on S Coast Hwy. I also have pieces on display at Seaside Flowers in Artist Alley.

My website, has an online gallery. I encourage visitors to contact me if they see an image they like. Then I’ll work with them to create a piece of art they may like to own.

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Image Credit:
Pete Harwood

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1 Comment

  1. Kathleen

    January 26, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Always exciting to see your work on display or in a new customer’s arms.

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