The Power of the Skies Above
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"