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 sold her first works of art while still in high school and went on to study fine art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She 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 landscape and abstract work has been well received.
Travel and studying world cultures are great inspirations 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”.
Peterson’s current representational work explores the connection she sees between nature and human nature, and often focuses on the abstractions found in natural scenes when studied closely.
Peterson’s abstract work is an exploration of the human search for enlightenment, with little revelations comprised of texture and color primarily using a palette knife to both conceal and reveal this search. “These works develop almost on their own”, said Peterson, “I make technical decisions and adjustments, but the main work comes from somewhere outside myself, and I merely develop it as i paint.”
A favorite quote from Willem De Kooning sums it up for Peterson: “I think I am painting a picture of two women, but it may turn out to be a landscape.”