Paintings by Pete


Welcome to the Paintings by Pete website!

  My primary goal is to create paintings that will reflect an "accurate as possible" representation of local history, but with a twist! Instead of just painting a picture from a photograph taken many years ago and just add color, I add to the scene what would have been there but was not included in the photograph. Through research I try to expand the scene by adding trolleys, trains and vehicals of the era that the painting represents. I do this by using multiple photographs, extensively studying the images and then trying to use a compositing technique to combine all this together to create a very effective rendition of a past event. One thing that is very difficult to achieve is getting colors correct. We all know the sky is blue and the grass is green, but what about the buildings or trolleys? I try to find old colorized Post Cards or research what colors a certain railroad used and go from there. My paintings may not be 100% accurate, but I do my best and Im sure that you will love them! 

If you don't see a painting that you like and would like to have one painted that represents a local historic scene, especially a railroad scene, I might be able to make your dream come true.

Please check back on a regular basis. New paintings will be added as I complete them and my local history is not just limited to Franklin County PA! I plan on doing paintings for other counties in PA and others out of state! You never know what I might create in the future!

                                                                                God Bless and Enjoy!

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