by Tami Baum
Brigham Young University professor of art, Peter Everett, maintains a studio on his property in American Fork. In a separate structure from the home, the studio occupies what was originally constructed as a shop where replica printing presses and pioneer wagons were made. To adapt the 600 square foot space to his needs, Everett ground down and sealed the cement floor, rewired the studio, installed track lights and heaters, patched and painted the walls, and installed painting racks.
“I wanted a straight-forward studio with open space, good lights, big walls, and a big door,” Everett says of the space. Everett keeps the studio clear of clutter, preferring to look at one painting in one space. He may work on four or five paintings at a time, but moves each painting to a new rack on a different wall when working on another piece. “I find that clutter or other paintings in my sight interfere with my painting, especially in terms of composition and color,” he says. “I want a neutral space with as little color as possible—grey and white works great. I actually close the blinds most of the time so that color from my orchard and yard are not visible.”
Everett, a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Pratt Institute, is currently exhibiting at the Central Utah Art Center (see page 11). You can view more of his work here.
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