The Power of the Skies Above

Arabella - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

Grow­ing up with masters

Imag­ine grow­ing up know­ing your ex­act call­ing - you wanted to cre­ate art. Now imag­ine grow­ing up in a city where the art­work has a long rich his­tory of mas­ter­ful art span­ning hun­dreds of years. Pi­eter was born in Am­s­ter­dam in 1946 to par­ents who al­ready fos­tered a love of the arts. His mother was a fash­ion artist and his fa­ther had a great in­ter­est in photography. When they spot­ted the signs of cre­ativ­ity in their son, they were quick to en­cour­age and sup­port his tal­ent. Hav­ing painted since he was 12, Pi­eter was en­rolled in art school where he was im­mersed in a world of op­por­tu­nity in which he would win awards and gain recog­ni­tion. He fell in love with the Dutch Masters who con­tinue to in­spire his work to this day. "When I was a teenager," Pi­eter re­mem­bers, "about 16 years old, I par­tic­i­pated in a rather large art com­pe­ti­tion for high school stu­dents in Am­s­ter­dam. When I went to pick up my paint­ings, I asked what the judges thought about my work. I was asked in re­turn, ‘Did your fa­ther do th­ese?’ I’ve never forgotten the re­mark, and I was very of­fended at the time, but the more I think about it now, the more I re­al­ize in a cer­tain sense it was a com­pli­ment."

pre­vi­ous spread, A Dutch Treat, oil on can­vas, 11" x 14"

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