Real Cowboys Wear Hats to Work
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, Oct. 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
White Rock Community Centre
15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock, BC
In today’s world, extreme sports are a hobby; the rodeo circuit, however, is a raw reminder that such activities evolved from the very real dangers of a lifestyle dependent on physical skills and courage. Having worked with beef cattle and horses on his own farm in Quebec, and having treated, in his capacity as orthopaedic surgeon, the devastating injuries that half ton animals can inflict on their handlers, Peter understands the mixture of awe and fear involved in a contest of will with such powerful creatures. It is this moment of explosive potential, of greatest danger, that Peter captures in his paintings. The moment when the cowboy, with no more protection than his everyday work clothes, tries to ride the whirlwind.
Artist Technique & Process
Peter rarely travels without his camera, ever ready to capture those ephemeral moments when the light reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary. After sketching the composition, he props the photo near his stretched paper, anchoring himself in that moment of vision, and begins washing in layer after layer of colour. Since watercolour is translucent, these successive washes create a texture that no single pigment can.
The paint, as it bleeds, becomes subtle mists, smoke, and shadows. Bold contrasts, silhouettes, and the dramatic play of light require paint squeezed directly from the tube. Because watercolour can convey movement in several layers, it can simultaneously capture the surface eddy, the deeper broken figure of a fish, the reflections and refractions of both.
Peter has exhibited his paintings in small galleries in Ontario, Quebec, and most recently in British Columbia where he currently lives. Private and public collections of his work exist throughout North America.