artist Jim Peterson has a passion for rich, superbly detailed images of
the natural world. He articulates his personal vision through a
singular blend of classic photographic methods and state-of-the-art
digital techniques. He hopes to help preserve our natural legacy
by fostering wider appreciation of the intricate beauty in the fragile
ecosystems that surround us.
Jim's body of work
includes small, intimate portraits of wild beings as well as majestic,
room-sized landscapes and panoramas, plus the occasional abstract or
experimental composition. He accepts commissions for unique,
one-of-a-kind creations, and is available for a limited number of
personal or family portrait sessions, weddings, and commercial assignments.
grew up in northwestern New Mexico, where he developed a lifelong
attachment to the illuminated spaces and sculpted forms of the
Southwest. His interest in photography arose mainly from a desire
to record and interpret that vista. Although he is mostly
self-taught, he received valuable early guidance from the late Byron
Shurtleff of the University of Delaware, as well as from his brother,
Brian H. Peterson (a noted photographer, curator, and author), with
whom he continues to share techniques and compare notes and images.
has taken a few detours in life, including living on both coasts (in
California and Delaware) as well as in Illinois, Texas, and
Missouri. He earned two degrees (a BA in Music and a PhD in
Biochemistry) from the University of Chicago, but after his
postdoctoral work he left the academic world for a long and varied
career in telecommunications and computers (also mostly
self-taught). He worked at Bell Labs in Illinois and then at GTE
Communication Systems in Phoenix for over two decades. In the
midst of all that, his hyperactive right brain persisted in churning
out the stream of ideas and visions embodied in his works.
art is firmly rooted in his love for the sublime light and quiet
shadows of the American West. In recent years he has broadened
his range of works by exploring a fanciful world of abstract and
altered images. But even when working in this realm, he remains
true to his fascination with the ways that light’s infinite variability
reveals – and endlessly alters - the universe of forms, colors,
textures, and emotions in which we are forever immersed.
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