On a recent trip to New York City I reconnected
with an old friend and fellow abstract artist, Peter
A. Bradley. We had not seen each other for over
Peter and I first met in Guatemala, where I was
serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He and his
Basenji dog Kota appeared at my door step lost,
looking for lodging. A Peace Corps colleague told
Reunited with Abstract Artist Friend
him to look for an artist named Michael living
in the town of Mixco, just outside of Guatemala
City. Peter ended up traveling with my black
Labrador Mars and me for three months,
throughout Guatemala. I learned that
Peter was an extraordinarily well-know
member of the arts scene in New York
City and an accomplished abstract artist.
He was a member of the color field
school. I also learned that his father was
Peter has done well as artist. On one
occasion he traded one of his paintings for
a brand new custom-made Ferrari. His
biography is impressive. Here is a link to
his web site: www.peterabradley.com
Our recent reunion was joyous. Peter
credits me with having saved him from
wandering aimlessly in the jungles of
Central America. On our most recent
vist we spent time at his East Village
apartment and then we travelled north
along the Hudson River to his studio and home
in Saugerties, near Rhinebeck, New York.
There I was able to view his recent work, as well as
some of his earlier pieces, including several
sculptures. It was inspirational experience.
Peter and I are committed to staying in touch.
We talked about him visiting Santa Barbara
and the possibility of Peter teaching an artist’s
workshop while he’s here. Perhaps organized by
the Abstract Art Collective.