*Artist: Lynda Peterson
My paintings are an expression of visual and sensory impressions of the world around me. I invite the viewer to experience my emotion and response to dramatic color and careful use of light. To add depth to the visual experiences, I tap into my personal connection to texture, both tactile and visual. This offers the viewer a further connection to my work beyond the literal expression.
As a child growing up on the edge of the Smokey Hills in northern Minnesota, Lynda Peterson had an irresistible urge to “make things,” to the point of adding color and embellishment to newspaper ads and margins. Today she recognizes that drive to create as a need to visually express the spectrum of life experiences.
Peterson, who sold her first works of art while still in high school, went on to study fine art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and continued her studies through classes and workshops with such nationally known artists as Cheng Khee Chee, Zoltan Szabo, and Raleigh Kinney. After taking a short hiatus during the busiest years of raising 11 children with her husband Aaron, Peterson’s recent work in landscape has been well received.
Travel and studying world cultures continues to be an inspiration for Peterson, who currently resides in rural Dassel, Minnesota. A 5-country tour of Europe was especially stimulating. Peterson talked about her experience, “Seeing in person the work of some of my favorite artists, particularly the Impressionists, was a indescribable thrill. I was struck by the way art has visually illustrated civilization’s progression from antiquity to present day.