About The Artists

Peter Brokx

I was raised in the shadow of Vermeer, Van Gogh, Van Rijn, and others.

It is now known that our early childhood experience is most important, and what you lacked  becomes most desirable. My skill as a kid lay in the area of drawing dogs, horses, and also elephants, monkeys and crocodiles, after visiting a zoo. It is quite easy to understand why I never gave up trying to be a painter instead of the illustrator, which I am to my own dismay. I have held three citizenships; I lived or worked in half-a-dozen countries, I have the best of university degrees. which qualified me for work amounting to little more than a break in my life with paper and paint.  It included the making of maps and illustrations, the single sale for charity of a large oil of a rabbi lost in Montreal.  In the 70’s,  I followed a few lessons by a talented Hamburg artist, Bill Gates. Over the last few years, I have followed the Hamburg’s adult education classes under the critical eye of Pat Burger to see the efforts of others. In March 2006, the Escuela Superior Publica de Arte “Carlos Baca Flor” certified my participation in a month-long  summer course in oil and water color painting in the City of Arequipa, Peru.  Arequipa has a population of skilled street water colorists selling to tourists.  Portraits pose the most challenge, because people looking at them have their own idea of what they and others should look like. I admire the good portraitists eeking out a living along the Seine and on the Karl’s Bridge in Prague.  Theirs is a not an acquired but natural ability.

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