Born in Bangor, Pete Jones studied at Chester School of Art before completing a degree in Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art & Design in 1983. From 1986 until 2016 he worked as a Learning Disability Nurse, spending much of this time supporting adults with learning disabilities and complex needs and also working within mental health services. Since retirement from the Health Service during 2016, he has returned to his primary vocation of painting with more focus and energy and as a professional artist.
He sees painting as a deeply personal and emotional process and needs to have an emotional connection to his subject matter, whether it be the people he has known or supported in his life or the environment, landscapes and seascapes of North West Wales.
The mountains and the sea are an important inspiration to him.
He is aware that the Sea itself has been used as a metaphor for various themes by a range of artists and this is something he is exploring through his painting, in particular the dramatic changes in light and colour that can occur on the Welsh coast and how it can impact on mood and atmosphere. He tends to work quickly and instinctively. He is not precious in his approach, sometimes using “accidents” that occur when using paint on a range of surfaces. It is important for his work to create a mood, to reflect a character, moment in time or a sense of place.