I am an artist living in Skanderborg in Denmark and I am 49 years old. I
have been drawing and painting my entire life and I am so lucky to have
room in my life to paint, with family and all. To me it means stability,
joy, peace and lots of colors.
For some years I have been working with commercials as a sign writer.
It doesn’t mean much for my
painting style, but it provides me some discipline in my work. I love to
tell a story and I am seeking the motif in the motif. Therefore you can
often recognize it and see what it looks like. If people can recognize
the shape, you can put almost anything in it, and get away with it.
I seldom paint the same motif more than once.
I am always trying to renew my
self from time to time, but I am stuck with certain figures and colors
or they are stuck with me. Often I have been painting the rhinos. It s
almost extinct, but then again, it has a protecting armor. The
similarities to my own life exist in every thing. Sometimes we need
protection against the world. The pictures of a bull and a woman I see
as if I am the bull pressing on while the woman is a expression of my
inner vulnerability. The toucan is a self-portrait from my soul,
representing my soul. As a bird, I have the big view at the world and
thereby the sense of happy colors and happy moments. I see the toucan as
a symbol of freedom and good values and my direct contact with my inner
soul as a painter. The toucan is always with me in my work, monitoring
my work and securing it is well done. A free bird with happiness in
colors and expression…..it should appear as often as possible in my
Sometimes I pick up my inspiration in the darkness of my soul. It often
appears as (brightness) clarity of colors. At other times I catch a
glimpse of something, and it gets reworked until it shows who I am and
what I want. It all goes
trough a process where I am exploring it and if I can approve it, its
end up with my signature.
There is at all times an inner
connection and drive to keep on painting. I don’t paint to be famous or
to receive recognition. I
paint because the urges demand me to, and therefore I just keep on
A combination of urge and joy,
irony and fun, are the forces that push me forwards and upwards.
All in all it brings enough
happiness to keep on painting in the future. I want to paint pictures
that make people smile and bring happiness, smile and energy. To bring
people joy and a laugh with fun and irony is the driving force. A
scarecrow made of wood, crowned as a king and a happy toucan, a less
than perfect horse and a rhino make you laugh. All my paintings are made
with a twinkle in the eye and they are meant to say that it is okay not
to be perfect. Floss is what life is full of, its only people that has
no tolerance. I wish my paintings could say “you are okay” and
“everybody is okay”. If I succeed in this, I feel fine. That is what
makes me tick.
Nothing is perfect and perfection
may not be the most important, there should always be room for floss.
Postmodern artwork by artist Piet Pedersen