"Channing Peake was raised in California. He received a scholarship to the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, followed by two years at the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts. After graduation he worked as a silversmith designer while immersing himself in European art. In 1930, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, drawing inspiration from the open landscape. In 1934, he worked in Mexico alongside friends Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and Rico Lebrun, assisting on many major murals and exhibiting widely in Oaxaca. After absorbing the Mexican culture for a couple of years, he studied at the Art Students League in New York and assisted Rico Lebrun in a mural project.
With a strong sense of direction, Peake moved to the Santa Ynez Valley, California in 1938, where he worked as a cattle rancher between documenting his ranch life on canvas: the California landscape, bold renderings of farm machinery and studies of bulls and horses. His artistic success led to an influential meeting with Picasso and several years spent studying in Europe. With renewed inspiration, he returned to the Santa Ynez Valley and became a founding member of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. His sculptures, paintings and murals in the historical areas of Santa Barbara capture the essence of California's heritage."