Peter Pan Learning to Fly by Dowdle


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Peter Pan Learning to Fly by Eric Dowdle

Published in 16″ x 20″ and 24″ x 30″. February 2021.
Canvas Edition Sizes in both Sizes: AP-10; JE-20; GP-30; SN-95.
Paper Edition Sizes in both Sizes: AP-10; GP-30; SN-95.

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Artist Notes

“All this has happened before. And it will all happen again.” So begins the narrator, who leads us to the Darlings’ house, the place of departure for our flight of fancy. The story of Disney’s Peter Pan captures the wonders of childhood, the adventure, imagination, and magic that is Never Land. It also captures the cynicism and lack of fantasy that often marks the way to adulthood. Is it possible to stay young at heart forever? How do you hold on to your youth?

Peter Pan is often described as “The Little Boy who never grew up.” I look at him as the person that refused to let go of wonder. Yes, the world puts pressure on us, and life has its hard rules but in reality, we put limits on ourselves. Risk is a part of living. Taking chances is what brings life’s rewards. You can’t be creative with both feet on the ground. You have to be willing to spread the arms of imagination to fly. Don’t forget to bring “Any Happy Little Thought” and a little pixie dust.

Pursuing art as my career has not been easy. At times there appeared to be no way through the crocodiles and pirates of life. Many times, people told me to stop, and I felt very low. Still, holding on to hope and listening to a voice inside me, I pushed on. Things are never without challenge but looking back I am glad I have kept believing in my Never Land.

I tried to capture the pure bliss of flying on the faces of Wendy, John and William. They fly over London at night as most people are asleep, unaware of the wondrous events taking place above them. Peter Pan leads this game of Follow the Leader with Tinker Bell close behind. The destination is the second star on the right. It is night; the city sleeps while this dreamlike activity takes place high above them. As they fly with wonder across the night sky, the peril of Captain Hook’s ship is beginning to
materialize in the clouds. Here’s a helping of pixie dust to remember that your Never Land exists. May it “happen again” for you.

– Eric Dowdle

Peter Pan Learning to Fly KEY POINTS

•Peter Pan Learning to Fly is the thirteenth painting in the Disney Collection by Eric Dowdle. This is a series of Limited Edition art that tells the stories of Disney characters in Eric Dowdle’s magical folk art style.
•This painting has a silhouette of Captain Hook’s pirate ship against the backdrop of the moon. The name of the pirate ship is called Jolly Roger.
•Can you spot all of the Darling children? Peter Pan leads Wendy, John and Michael across the beautiful night sky. Tinkerbell is flying with them too!
•There is an iconic London clocktower shown in the center of the painting, displaying 11:15pm. What a magical time to go flying!
•How funny! John took his umbrella on his flight across the London sky.
•On the left side of the painting, the United Kingdom flag is shown waving in the
•Do you see the trail of fairy dust next to each of the children? Tinker Bell has sprinkled
it on Peter Pan and the Darling children for their magical flight to Never Land

Erid Dowdle Biography

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Eric Dowdle has a background of hard work and dedication to God, family, and country. He was born and raised in the heart of the western United States to parents of 12 children, 2 girls, and 10 boys. Many of the stories of his youth are reflected in his artwork – a chicken stuffed in a mailbox, a young boy surprising his mom with flowers from the neighbor’s yard, children bravely walking a fence line or Boy Scouts playing pranks on each other.


The Dowdle family moved to Boston where Eric developed a fascination with folk art. This style of art brought together the values that were instilled in him throughout his life with his love of people, sense of humor and the ability to tell the stories of people through the detail of the artwork.


Eric, and his wife Deb, now live on a charming farm with their own family and a smattering of farm animals by the Wasatch Mountains in Lindon, Utah. After visiting beloved locations throughout the world Eric easily proclaims that home is “my favorite place on earth.”


Eric has been creating art for over twenty years. He started painting in his early twenties; parting ways with college after one year, to “go make something happen.”

Making things happen is how Eric does things; painting, exploring, marketing, and working day and night to expand the business and his collection of over 300 paintings. Today, his original paintings have been converted into premium gifts and keepsakes, such as fine-art prints, puzzles, calendars, adult coloring books, personalized wooden puzzles, 3D Stratascapes, and more.

Dowdle products have captured the attention of small and large big-box retailers, selling more than one million puzzles each year, giving Dowdle a large and growing retail presence.


Eric captivates people of all ages with his fun, quirky personality. His wit and charm make him a natural for television, radio and social media spotlights. He can be found starring in his second season of “Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle” on the BYU TV network, distributed worldwide. Sirius XM Radio has aired hundreds of programs, “Traveling with Eric Dowdle.”

1984 – Eric earned his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout rank at the age of 14
1995 – Eric opens the doors to Dowdle Folk Art as a place to sell his art.
1997 – Honorary Artist for the Utah Sesquicentennial Celebration. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased the Sesquicentennial Pioneer Patterns, which is displayed today in their Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1998 – Eric received the Mayor’s Choice Award at the St. George Arts Festival in St. George, Utah.

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