Scott Brown: My Peter Lik Story
By Scott Brown
My wife and I were introduced to Peter’s work by my brother, Steve, and his wife Jody, in Hawaii.
When Steve and Jody took us to Peter’s Waikiki gallery we were in awe. The gallery, the light show, and Rama – one of the consultants at the gallery – were a few things that sold us on Peter’s work. We loved Rama’s passion for the pieces and his ability to educate on the art; it never felt like a sales ploy.
After a few months Katie and I decide to buy a few pieces. We had just found out we were having our daughter Addison. We thought since we were having this gift, we should get ourselves a Peter Lik print, so we did. We bought a one-meter Edge of Time and a 1.5-meter Harmony print. We fell in love with these pieces immediately.
A few months after we purchased those pieces we received an email from Rama about a new and exciting piece, Pele’s Whisper. When the email hit our in box it didn’t take long to decide we had to have it. The reason behind our purchase has a very deep meaning to Katie and me. At the time Pele’s Whisper was released, we were living in Hawaii and, as I mentioned, we were having a child, our first. Peter took the shot while Addison was being created. The shot reminded us of creation and how fragile and amazing it is.
Here we were living in Hawaii, creating a life, and Peter Lik is taking a photo that symbolizes the experience. So we purchased Pele’s Whisper to give to our daughter as a gift to celebrate her creation. The shot reminds every day of my daughter Addison. This piece shows the mystery, power, beauty, intrigue, and passion for creation and life that Peter was able to capture in one fell swoop.
After we purchased the print, we got a call that Peter was coming to town. At this point we owned four of his prints and were dedicated collectors. We showed up to meet him in his Waikiki gallery. When we talked with him he amazed us with how down to earth he was and showed us his passion for his craft. We told him the story of why we purchased the print and he loved it. We took a photo with Peter, my wife, my child-to-be and me. When we left, Peter he made a point to walk us out and see us off. He is an amazing guy with a passion for life and his work, which is hard to match.
We are reminded of that every time we look at Pele’s Whisper. We have since moved from Hawaii and are still enjoying his art in our new house. Peter’s work has inspired me to take my photography more seriously. I am excited to see where my next venture takes us and I hope I can have a fraction of Peter’s passion .