Artist, Peter X O’Brien was born in Glen Cove, New York. His family moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts and then to San Francisco, California before finally settling down in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His interest in art was encouraged at an early age by his artistic mother. Peter has been drawing and painting ever since.
Peter earned a football scholoarship to the University of Idaho. He spent (4) years in Idaho playing collegiate football and studying drawing and painting. In 1985, Pete signed as a placekicker with the New Orleans Saints. After a brief career in the NFL, he decided to go back to school and complete his college education. He graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon.
Pete lives in West Linn, Oregon with his wife and children and has a studio in Lake Oswego. He still finds time to travel extensively looking for fresh subject matter to paint. He has studied under well known artists such as Tom Lynch, Tony Couch, Jan Kunz, Jim Ponti and Eric Wiegardt in his persistent quest to expand and refine his craft.
Pete is considered by his peers as one of the emerging western artists and is participating in juried art shows throughout the west. He has been received 4, “Best of show” awards in the past two years.