Peter Lawson, "Dutch Gift," 2006, acylic on canvas.
Morris Gallery & Framing, Victoria
By Jeanine Woodman
Peter Lawson doesn’t have to look much further than the artistic opportunities that confront him every time he looks out his living room window. The natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s Shawnigan Lake and the surrounding region continually inspire him. “Portraying the natural world is all-encompassing,” he says about the landscapes he depicts in acrylics, oils and pen and ink. While maintaining the essence of each scene, Lawson may take liberties, distorting the perspective or manipulating wildlife to provide balance. “I try and capture movement, if it’s water or leaves, and I’m concerned with light and colour,” Lawson says. “I try and stretch the boundaries a bit with colour.” A graduate of the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC, this year has been his most productive since he surrendered to his creative instincts in 2000, after a 30-year career with design studios and advertising agencies. Following an exhibition and sale of original work, giclée prints and pen and ink drawings at Victoria’s Morris Gallery & Framing last fall,Lawson will bring an exhibition of black and white drawings to the Gallery in April, with another show of his colourful natural portraits to follow later in 2007.
Represented by: Morris Gallery & Framing, Victoria