Local artist Linda Thornton Peterson will exhibit landscapes portrayed in various media and literary works in an exhibition called “Rural Romanticism” at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, April 3 through 30. The opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. today. An evening of open poetry is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 22.
Peterson’s focus in her art is nature, especially landscapes, trees and wildflowers. Atmosphere and color are paramount. Color expresses her mood and the seasons. No figures are present in her work, because she wants to portray a sense of calm and timelessness. The exhibit features work in acrylic, watercolor and pencil.
She sketches on location and photographs almost daily in order to convey the light and space. With each painting, she works to achieve stronger designs and a more impressionistic style, though at times landscape abstractions find their way into her work. This happens when she feels that she has expressed a particular subject to the point where she understands it, and can reduce the subject matter to a minimum, readable composition.
Peterson is originally from New Orleans. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree with minors in journalism and psychology from Louisiana State University. She has worked as a photojournalist and taught painting and drawing to adults. Twenty years later, she became certified as a K-12 art teacher, then earned a master’s degree in higher education administration and mental health counseling, a career change that kept her from full time painting for another 20 years, until she retired in 2007 from Northern Illinois University as a C.H.A.N.C.E. counselor.
For more information, call Dan Grych at 815-758-0313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Art Box is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.