When not busy satisfying his obligations as a cardiologist, Peter Gregor, MD, of Kentucky enjoys painting. While he likes to paint a variety of subjects, Peter Gregor, MD’s favorite thing to paint is seascapes.
The most essential component of a seascape is the sea itself, and painting large bodies of water like seas and oceans can be challenging. Painters should keep the following in mind when painting ocean water.
The horizon is often a slightly different color from the rest of the water. While the water may be blue or green, the horizon might be more of a blue-grey with only the smallest hint of green. Varying the color at the horizon can make the water look more believable.
Ocean water and seawater moves, and as it does so, it tends to turn white in foam and wave crests. This white is rarely a pure white, however, thanks to the faint blueness of the water itself and various impurities. Painters should add hints of appropriate other colors to the white, whether it’s a nighttime shadow or an earthy and/or a sedimentary imperfection. By doing so, they can create a more believable hue.
A graduate of McMaster University Medical School in Canada, Peter Gregor, MD, has practiced as a cardiologist in West Virginia, California, and Kentucky. Outside of his professional life, Peter Gregor, MD, commits himself to supporting numerous philanthropic initiatives and community nonprofit groups. A longtime member of Rotary International, he has participated in the organization’s collaboration with the Ugandan nonprofit group Bega kwa Bega to bring water wells to Ugandan communities.
Initially founded by a Ugandan woman to help orphans in her native village gain access to clean water, Bega kwa Bega has been providing assistance to orphans and their communities for nearly two decades. The aftermath of Idi Amin’s presidency combined with the scourge of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left many children throughout Uganda without parents or families, especially in impoverished communities. Therefore, in an effort to support these children, Bega kwa Bega focuses on several areas, including health, education, and children’s rights.
The organization has primarily focused on and made significant strides in improving the water crisis in the country. Faced with a severe lack of potable water, many Ugandans must walk up to five miles per day through dangerous conditions to obtain clean water for themselves and their families.
By providing clean, safe, and accessible water supplies, Bega kwa Bega helps protect the health and well-being of Ugandan communities. In addition to providing funds to protect natural springs, the organization has funded 18 boreholes and 27 water tanks for capturing and storing rainwater in regions without springs.
An accomplished physician, Peter Gregor, MD, brings nearly four decades of experience to his work as a cardiologist in Kentucky. Also a committed member of the community, Peter Gregor, MD, gives back to others through his support of nonprofit and civic organizations, such as Rotary International.
Founded by a Chicago attorney in 1905, Rotary International was created to bring together members of the business community and other professionals to share ideas and serve their community. Since that time, Rotary International has grown into a global organization comprising more than 1.2 million members in local chapters around the world.
Rotary International’s mission includes promoting goodwill and fellowship through literacy, public health, the arts, and other areas. Rotary International has a long history of promoting peace and justice in particular. To better accomplish this mission, the organization has created an international network of Rotary Peace Centers, which train Peace Fellows for careers in conflict resolution, peace studies, and global justice.
Each year, Rotary International distributes up to 100 fellowships to individuals to pursue a master’s degree and certificate programs in peace studies and conflict resolution through the Peace Centers. Over the past decade, nearly 1,000 Peace Fellows have graduated from the program and gone on to make positive change through their roles in nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations around the world.
Peter Gregor, MD, earned his medical degree at McMaster University and obtained specializations in internal medicine and cardiology from Queen’s University in Ontario. Beyond his present vocation as a cardiologist, Dr. Peter Gregor is an avid oil painter and active member of the Owensboro, Kentucky Art Guild.
Art guilds are ideal networks for artists looking for a community of like-minded people. Similar to many other organizations, most art guilds are founded with a particular aim or purpose that is outlined in its mission statement. Art guilds are often established to promote the work of local artists and to be a close-to-home source of inspiration.
These guilds are generally run by a core group of members who take on leadership roles. Affiliate members can be asked to pay monthly or annual dues to help fund exhibitions, galleries, workshops, or classes organized by the leadership team. Some guilds focus on particular mediums, such as paint, sculpture, or graphic design. Others, like artisan guilds, are open to all art forms and can even extend to crafts such as beer, wine, and cheese-making.