Featured Local: Peter Clark

Samantha Chamberlain

What would you say you do, creatively speaking?

Creatively speaking, I make different forms of art through a digital medium. Be it photography, collage, or graphic design/typography.


When and how did you start?

I started pretty late in the game. It's one of my biggest regrets. I was 30 when I bought my first digital camera. I'd played around in Photoshop and CorelDRAW every now and then since I was in my mid-teens. But nothing ever stuck


Who all has supported you?

Friends and family have always been pretty supportive of me. But my wife has always been my #1 cheerleader. I still remember once how she told me she likes it when I go on creative benders.


Who or what has inspired or influenced you?

I am inspired by so many things that are constantly changing. It could be the music I'm listening to at the time or a random thought that popped into my head. But I've always gained a lot of inspiration from the golden era of Haight-Ashbury in late 60's San Francisco, The Memphis Group, that pretty much shaped the 80's aesthetic, and lately, I've been particularly inspired by a guy called Mishko. He does a lot of what you could call neo-psychedelic or glitch art.


What has been your favorite part on this journey?

My favorite part of my artistic journey has probably been those lightbulb moments when something just falls into place and people end up really clicking with something that's been created out of passion and joy to leave the world a better place than what it was before you arrived. 


What has been the most challenging part?

My most challenging part was moving countries and having to start all over again. Back home in Australia, I had a network of creatives who were always down to collab on something. But when you shift countries, it takes time to build that back up. (Which is why I'm eternally grateful I've found El Local)


Have you ever wanted to give up?

I'm incredibly stubborn, so I haven't ever wanted to give up. But I have gone into half year-long periods of inactivity when the only reason I turn on my laptop is to watch Netflix or check out videos on Youtube.


What keeps you motivated to continue?

Honestly friends, family, and people like yourself. If my peers gain a semblance of joy from anything I do, it inspires me to continue even more.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to begin selling their work or putting themselves out there?

I can't really comment with any knowledge on selling. But putting yourself out there...Know your shit, be humble, but also don't take shit from anyone. It's a fine balance of knowing your worth without letting your ego override you.


Has anything pleasantly surprised you? What?

I am always pretty unassuming when it comes to my creations. So when I found people like yourself, Frank, and Rene who I respect as creatives, who also have a respect for what I create... it made me feel pretty happy.


Is there anything you wish you would have known when you first started?

I wish I could've been a lot more subtle in my editing techniques. "Less is more," and all that. I have a Flickr account that I haven't uploaded to in like 5 years, that I'll always keep as a constant reminder of where I started and how far I've come.


What's your definition of success?

My definition of success is loving what you do without reservation or regret, and being lucky enough to have other people see in your creations, the same things you see. Also making a few dollars wouldn't hurt, but it's not a deal-breaker.


What is your dream?

My dream is to make the world a prettier place than before I arrived. I think I'm part of the way to achieving that goal.


You can support Peter on his art Instagram and view his collection here.

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