Pete’s Fresh Fish Prints: The Gyotaku Artist of Nantucket Island | vineyard vines

Pete’s Fresh Fish Prints: The Gyotaku Artist of Nantucket Island | vineyard vines


My name’s Pete Van Dingstee. Welcome to my aquarium. [MUSIC PLAYING] This Pete’s Fresh Fish Prints, down
here at Old South Wharf, Nantucket. I love fish. I grew up fishing as a kid. It’s one of those things that you
can share time with your family and have memories for life. And I create those
memories and preserve them. So you don’t have to have a big
mounted fish on a wall collecting dust. You actually have something
nice behind a frame. When I create a print,
I painted the fish exactly the same color as what I
envision the fish to like one when it was live, do all the details on it. Say this fish was here, we
put the material over it, and with my fingertips
and my fingernails, I find all the details, bring
that fish back to the paper. And so when you lift it, it becomes
a mirror image off of the piece. It’s my fifth year
having my own gallery. The shop itself is special. It’s one of those things where you
say, this is mine, I created all this. We’re very fortunate to
being here in America to be able to do whatever you want to do. Work hard at it, and
you can be successful. There’s a famous old saying
that everybody’s born an artist. It’s just what you want to
do with it when you grow up.

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