I was honored to be invited by Tom Sutcliffe to send him a small selection of my art to be featured as the Guest Artist in the April edition of his newsletter, The Spirit of Fly Fishing.
I am delighted to feature Peter Brigg as the artist this month. I know him as a skilled, innovative, and deep thinking angler, who has contributed to fly-fishing’s many tapestries, locally and globally, most notably to our better understanding of small stream tactics. He has written two great books, Call of the Stream and South African Fishing Flies, the latter co-authored with Ed Herbst.
I asked Peter to give us an idea of how he came into art, and here, in a nutshell, is his interesting story:
“It was in the early 1980s, more by fate than anything else, that I became involved in art. It happened when our hiking group was forced off the Drakensberg escarpment because of a severe snowstorm. We ended up at the ranger’s house at Cathedral Peak. The ranger, Chris Maartens, was an accomplished pastel bird artist. I was so inspired by Chris’s work, that I set my mind to giving it a go, bought a set of mixed pastels, some colour pencils for detailed work, and pastel paper – the rest is history and reflected in a few of my drawings here.”