Can I call you "Chick"

Charles Peterson of Ephraim, Wisconsin is a very famous artist. He is best known for painting “Americana” that contains human ghosts which evoke feelings the past, often of one’s family and childhood.

I have spent many hours looking at prints of Charles Peterson paintings at many different commercial art galleries.

I paint ghosts in my paintings too. And Charles Peterson has been a definite influence on my my artwork.

I have always wanted to meet Mr. Peterson. I have looked for his house in Ephraim, Wisconsin. I have talked to gallery owners about him. And I have planned to put some effort into meeting him.

Recently I was an art vendor at an art show in Ephraim. I was setting up my art tent. And I saw a man who looked like Charles Peterson jump into a nearby white car.

So I jumped my my car and followed him. We drove up into the hills and trees on the outskirts of Ephraim. He drove into a garage and I jumped out my car and he smiled and said, " I wasn’t trying to race you". I said, “Are you Charles Peterson?”. He said, “What is left of me” with a chuckle. I said, “I have always wanted to meet you, but I only want a minute of your time”.

So we talked about the history of ghost painting. And we both agreed that he was a great master of this. We both agreed that he was not the first to do this. He said that El Greco did a painting with ghost in a major work many years ago.

He talked about Mark his publisher with White Door Printing.

Honestly I was tingling as I talked to my idol. I wished someone could have been with me to share this moment. It somehow did not seem real.

He said he had to go.

I drove down the hill back to my art tent, still tingling. And I thought to myself. All of Charles Peterson’s friends call him, “Chick”….as in Chick Peterson. I should have said to him,
“Can I call you ‘Chick’ ". Chuckle.

Can I call you "Chick"


Oconto, United States

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All his friends call him "Chick

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