Pete Damon is an artist and severely injured Iraq War Veteran. He lost parts of both arms while serving in Iraq as a helicopter mechanic in 2003. Initially a form of occupational therapy, painting quickly developed into a full-time passion. Pete's artistic influences are many; including Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, George Luks, George Bellows, and too many others to list. Originally hailing from Brockton, MA, Pete now lives with his wife and two children in Middleboro, Masschusetts. Pete and his wife Jennifer are co-owners of True Grit Art Gallery in Middleboro and represent over 20 other regional artists as well. Pete's studio is located upstairs from the gallery.
"For most of my life I’ve had a strong creative urge. That creative strain is prevalent in my extended family. I have many artists and musicians —uncles, aunts, cousins and second cousins — in my family who have found richly rewarding paths in this respect, myself included among them. Coming from a working class background, it has always been an outlet to combat and curtail the tedium of the work week or the chaos that can seep into everyday existence. After suffering devastating injuries while serving in Iraq, I felt that urge more strongly than ever. There was an overwhelming instinct to fall back on that creativity in order to pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild my life. I now approach painting as an affirmation of Being. The process of observing simple, often overlooked moments of our everyday lives, and capturing that on canvas through my own personal artistic style has given me a profound sense of meaning and purpose." - Peter Damon