Pete Williams | Joplin MO

Pete Williams was born in Independence, Missouri in 1970 and currently lives and works in Joplin, Missouri. He received his technical training from Robert Whitehead with color and composition consulting from various artists.  Blown glass instruction came from Terry and Gabriel Bloodworth at the Springfield Hot Glass Studio, Springfield MO.

He has experience in photography (color and black-and-white), graphic design, editing and layout, darkroom techniques (black-and-white), sepia photography, silkscreen, charcoal, acrylic on canvas, oil on screen, oil on canvas, oil on glass, canvas spinning, and glassblowing.

His influences include Thomas Hart Benton, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Patrick Nagel, and Dale Chihuly.

Pete’s break-out piece was completed in May 1987 with a method of drip painting using a pendulum, to create an evenflo design with keeping with the randomness of the drip style. The style evolved with experimenting with colors and textures on canvas and eventually antique glass, which is a combination of drip and pallet knife.

After experimenting with adhesives and sea-glass (personally snorkeled off the coasts of Mexico, Bermuda, and Jamaica) the multi-series “Flowers in Spring” were created. The three-dimensional sea-glass offered new inspiration and ideas of color and form. After many trips to the Springfield Hot Glass studio, he discovered recognizable shapes and vessels were created in uncovering the power and beauty of  working with hot glass.

Most recently Pete created spin paintings and revisited the pendulum, using this technic to trace the path of color and form in liquids using centrifugal force and the earth’s gravity.

Pete is excited to be showcasing his different mediums and techniques in one location at Local Color Art Gallery and Studio at 1027 South Main in Joplin Missouri.

Pete has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years, currently with Old Dominion Freight Lines.
He and his beautiful wife Heidi own Woody’s Wood-Fire Pizza. They have  four adult childrenCatherine, Gage, Dan-Dallas, and Logan, with Maggie the Shitzou, and all offer inspiration and ideas in Pete’s creative process.