"Above and beyond all else, I’m an artist. I have always known that creativity and inspiration are part of my life force. I discovered my artistic [talent] early in elementary school as I sold some of my first works of art at recess for snack money. At every phase of my life, I exercised my creativity."
"Doing art, for me, is a mystical process, a spiritual work, and an exercise of creativity. When I paint it as if the veil of the common life is momentarily lifted allowing me to be embraced by the underlying essence of the universe. I consider my artistic expression a gift to be shared.
Naturally, I am drawn to the mystery that is implicit in the natural world. I feel more spiritually alive when outside.
My art is the result of sporadic surges of energy that percolate past my consciousness. My style hovers between representation, impressionism with a dash of abstract. I attempt to reach into the fabric of the world exploring the dynamics of tension and elasticity. Using paint, I create images based on the interplay between darkness and light, the interconnected aura of the natural world."
Born in 1959 in Canada, Peter Nicholas Van Giesen completed a college degree in Religion and university degree in Psychology. Encouraged by his family, Peter Nicholas Van Giesen worked in the church but after a few years, he naturally gravitated away from the church environment and into the business and charitable sectors. For most of his working life, Van Giesen has been a business owner or senior executive in the business and non-profit sectors. At the same time, he always took the time to exercise his creativity.
"When I had a studio space, my creative expression flourished and when I had no such space my creativity was channeled into my other endeavors."
In 2011, Van Giesen renewed his commitment to fine art and sharing this particular gift with others. With a number of international awards, the artist's work is in the permanent collection at the Government House of British Columbia.
“After using oil-based paint for many years I switched to acrylic paint in 1993 and currently it is the sole medium I use. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my talents with those interested and am pleased to have you consider joining me on my journey.”
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist