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MAR-APR 2013

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Places in Paint Written by Bridget Williams A new book ofers a retrospective of Peter Williams��� 50-year career The Bluegrass of Kentucky is a long way from artist Peter Williams��� Kiwi roots. Throughout the journey from New Zealand to his adopted hometown of more than 20 years, the plein air painter has captured polo, fox hunting, steeplechasing, thoroughbred, and even camel racing in various locales around the globe. He is a versatile artist who paints flower gardens, vintage automobiles, nudes, cityscapes, rodeos, and nautical scenes with equal enthusiasm. Always oil painting from life makes Williams unique in his ability. He believes spontaneity and freshness bring poetry to art, a quality lost when painting from photographs. He paints quickly with a sure hand and deft brush strokes ��� all the while 54 slmag.net conversing with the ever-present gaggle of bystanders looking over his shoulder, who soon learn his wit is as expeditious as his hand. Te passion he maintains for his craft is infectious, even inspiring his own children to attend art school and later paint scenes from life alongside their father. A chance meeting with New York gallery owner Richard Stone Reeves, who specialized in equine art, led to Williams being commissioned to paint racing scenes; a successful collaboration that lasted fve years. At the outset of this enterprise, Williams expected he would cross paths with many artists who, like him, painted only from life. However, over the past 50 years he can recall meeting only two. His trackside ubiety and outgoing

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