15 Years in the Making

Back in 2003 Rachel and I saw Vjekoslav Nemesh’s (http://nemeshart.co.nz/) paintings at a gallery in Hawaii. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like a lot of art that I see. However, Nemesh’s pieces really resonated with me. His use of color and light was very striking and unlike anything I had ever seen before. 

Fast Forward to 2013

Ten years later we decided to purchase some original artwork. The first piece we bought was one by Nemesh called “Legend of Maui”. While we’re on the road, it is hanging safely in the house of my best friend who is keeping it for safe-keeping. 

Nemesh Art - RTW life reset

From Guitar to Oil Painting

I’ve played guitar since I was 15 years old. However, I was looking for a new creative outlet and decided that I wanted to give oil painting a try. Painting was not something I had every tried, but it was intriguing. 

This idea came about at the same time as purchasing Nemesh’s piece. For the heck of it, I asked Nemesh if he would consider giving me a few Skype lessons (he lives in New Zealand and we live in the United States)

He said yes!

The first lesson was quite funny. Because I had never tried painting before, I didn’t even know where to start. Nemesh said, “Put a little bit of linseed oil on your brush.” I replied, “Ok, so how much is a ‘little bit’ of linseed oil.” Needless to say, Nemesh slowed things down for me! I ended up taking around a half dozen lessons before proceeding on my own, but stayed in touch with Nemesh over the years.

Finally Meeting in Person

Now, in 2018, fifteen years after first seeing his artwork, Nemesh opened his home to us on our arrival to New Zealand. We stayed with him for 3 nights.


Shall we paint?

In addition to being our own personal guide to the Auckland area, I finally had the opportunity to paint with him in person. Although I wasn’t able to complete my painting and it wouldn’t fit in our 30L backpacks, it was a great experience and will be a terrific memory from our RTW trip.


What’s the lesson here?

  • Reach out to people if you think you can learn from them…you never know, they might help you!
  • Likewise, be open to helping others.
  • Always have that spare bedroom ready.
Do you have any thoughts to share about hitting the life reset button? Please post below or contact us directly!


Bruce · September 27, 2018 at 11:32 am

Peter, that is a great story….you guy’s are going for it! By the way, what we could see of your painting looked really good. Best…..bkm

    Peter · September 27, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks, Bruce!

David Gould · September 27, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Peter, you have a great talent and perhaps a new calling after the RTW. Keep going for it.
David and Alice

    Peter · September 28, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Thank you, both! Painting with Nemesh did reignite the desire to start painting more again!

Lee G · September 28, 2018 at 8:35 am

I agree with Bruce!

    Peter · September 28, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks, Lee! I greatly appreciate that!

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