Peter Millett was born in 1949 in Evanston, IL and received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1971. He has lived and worked in Seattle since 1973. A seasoned traveler, Millett continues to draw inspiration from folk and tribal artforms seen on his extensive trips through South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He has shown with the Greg Kucera Gallery since 1993.
Peter Millett’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1987, his drawings and sculpture were featured in a one-person exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. He is married to artist Sherry Markovitz, also represented by Greg Kucera Gallery.
Describe yourself in three words: Curious. Thoughtful. Exploratory.
When did you start pursuing your career and how long did it take to become successful? After college, I began working on artwork immediately. I started very early, when I was in high school. I had some immediate success, so not long.
How many hours did you dedicate to pursuing your dream? Every waking moment.
Describe how difficult the business really is? It’s a nightmare! Uh, business is tough but interesting.
What is the mistake that taught you an extremely valuable lesson? I don’t know there are so many I can’t name one. We learn from all our mistakes, it’s part of the process.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given to date? Follow your own path.
What is the piece of advice that you weren’t? How much perseverance you might be called upon to draw upon.
In your mind, is formal training essential? Never Hurts.
What are some steps emerging talent can take to start/further their career? Trust your own instincts. What you have to offer is unique. You need to make your own path.
What kept you going when you felt like giving up? My partner – Sherri.