Pete Cernis was just 10 years old when a teacher told him he wasn't an artist. The comment stuck with him for decades; he didn't become a practising artist until he was 50.

"I loved art but in those days people thought you were either born an artist or you weren't, and my teacher gently informed me I wasn't," he said.

"For 40 years I believed that. Believing I wasn't an artist, I gravitated towards working in the business world to take care of the practicalities of life, but I retained my passion for art by visiting galleries, artists' studios


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