The relationship between light and art is a beautiful and nuanced one. You can really tell when an artist has a deep passion and knowledge of how to use light in innovative and unique ways. My guest, Peter Fiore is an expert when it comes to experimenting with light in his artwork. In our conversation, we discuss his fascination with nature, his artistic process, why he uses music in the studio, the importance of fighting back fear, and much more! Our conversation takes a lot of twists and turns but I know artists like you will get a lot of enjoyment from Peter’s depth of experience.
Embracing a Fascination with Nature
What is your relationship with nature like? Do you find a significant level of inspiration and creativity well up when you are in the wilderness? Or is it the city and an urban environment that fires you up and excites you? My guest, Peter Fiore has a deep love and appreciation for nature. In fact, this love for the wilderness caused him to move out of the city and into a more quiet and serene setting. Peter described for me how much this move impacted his creative process and how connecting with nature resonates with him on a spiritual level. To hear Peter talk about his area and the beauty and creativity it draws out of him can be quite moving. What can you learn from Peter’s articulation? Where do you tap into that source of creativity?
The Role of Music in the Creative Process
Have you ever been moved by a song? Seriously, think about it. There seems to be an interesting divide on this issue among the general public. Some people love music and the way it intensifies their thoughts and feelings, then there are others who don’t feel particularly strong about it. Artist Peter Fiore definitely falls in the camp that loves music. He enjoys music so much that he has incorporated it into his creative process. You’ve got to hear him describe how he feels and reacts when he turns on Beethoven in his studio as he goes to work on his art projects. Does this resonate with you? If it’s not music, is there something that animates you when you are in your studio?
Pushing Fear Aside
What would your advice to young artists just starting out in their career? Maybe you are a young artist who is looking for helpful advice so you can learn from those who came before you. My guest, Peter Fiore was kind enough to open up and share some helpful wisdom that he received from his father that he wants to pass down to young artists including his own children. The primary advice that Peter shares is to never let your fears dictate the art that you make. As difficult as that advice can be to follow, I know that there is a lot of truth to that statement. Don’t let yourself be consumed with regret when you are older because you failed to push fear aside!
Creating Art from Passion
There seems to be a certain element that is almost indescribable when you see artwork that comes from a place deep in a person’s soul. Have you experienced that? Art that comes from a place of passion and creativity has a certain texture to it. Artist Peter Fiore wants to encourage artists like you to find that place where you can create your artwork from. Even if you can’t profit from your passion projects, it's really important to consider creating a space where you can exercise the creative pursuits that make you come alive. Peter shares this advice in light of his years of experience as an artist and I hope you can catch a glimpse of what he is trying to convey. Make sure to check out images of his artwork located at the end of this post!
Outline of this episode
- [1:50] I introduce my guest, Peter Fiore.
- [4:00] How Peter got his start as an artist.
- [12:30] Peter talks about his series on trees and a car crash he survived.
- [17:00] A relationship with nature.
- [20:00] Why is Peter so drawn to the subject of trees?
- [26:30] Peter’s steps after he identifies a motif.
- [35:00] Using music to facilitate creativity.
- [39:00] How many studies does Peter go through in a series?
- [46:30] No one needs another painting, you’ve got to make them want it!
- [48:30] Peter’s advice to young artists.
- [57:00] Don’t let fear hold you back.
- [1:08:00] Working on multiple projects.
- [1:11:00] Understanding the “Why.”
- [1:13:00] Suffering and Art.
I loved the paintings, thank you for sharing
I like how you start off with a wash ; then build up from their. I too paint and draw trees; have placed them always in my painting: even with my abstract painting I sneak in a tree.
I can’t get over the way you paint , it’s stunning
What would a world be without trees. They are living beings as we are. So great that artists like Peter Fiore can express his love of trees by painting them in every state of mind, be it jubilant, glorious or in lamentation. It goes straight to the heart.
Thank you so much for sharing.
I am struck with awe by your talent to use color to bring light to life. I keep trying – my goal is to capture the majesty that ice storms bring to nature in the South. Pines list as Oaks stand tall, all encased in 1/2 to 1 inch of crystal, as elegant as a table set with sparkling Waterford Crystal, the sky now cerulean blue, the crystal ice sparkling like diamonds in the sun. Dan Scott recommended I study your use of color. I have to say, I am blown away. Cathedral Rising is my favorite. Having seen your video showing it covered in snow, I am moved with your relation to your cathedral. I once lived on 20 A of hardwoods in Peachtree City (south of Atlanta). I worshipped there. The trees move and creak – the only sounds you here. So nice to meet you!
Thank you! These words of wisdom coupled with Peter’s passion was exactly what I needed to hear and experience.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode Barbara!