"Mystery" Artist Surprises Fort Lauderdale Businesses with Paintings

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Dee helps Peter communicate, but not much else. Peter handles pretty much the entire painting process, from photographing the buildings to framing the paintings.

When they're ready to sell, Peter drives himself to the buildings he's painted and drops a bag by the door. Inside the bag there's a painting of the building and an attached letter of introduction that Peter wrote himself.

Photo by Cal Deal
Dean doesn't wait for permission to paint a building. He paints first, and then tries to sell them. If a business doesn't want to buy his painting, then he just takes it back home, where it joins the rest of his unsold works. But, according to his wife, this is rarely the case.

"He sells about 80% of his paintings. And I was very skeptical. I said 'what makes you think you're going to go out and paint a picture of somebody's building and they're going to pay you for it?' Well they do. And they love it."

Photo by Cal Deal
He returns to the businesses in the afternoon to see whether or not they want to buy his painting. His wife usually drives him, because by this time the roads are more crowded, and harder for the 77-year-old stroke victim to navigate. But Peter goes into the business by himself, handling the transactions on his own. He charges $90 for a 12'' x 16'' painting, and $180 for a 16'' x 20'' print.

"I was very skeptical about how this was going to work for him. But it's been very lucrative, and he's enjoying it. He's enjoying contributing," Dee Dean says. "He's always been an inspiration to people -- all his life. He's 77 now. He's outlived a lot of people at that age."

Photo by Cal Deal
At 77, Peter Dean shows no signs of slowing down. He'd like to continue painting for as long as possible. He also would like to teach painting classes to the handicapped again, but he and his wife are having trouble finding somewhere in South Florida where he can do that.

If you're interested in acquiring a painting from Peter Dean, or if you'd like him to paint your own home or business, the best way to reach him is to call him at home at (954)-251-2696.

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