About Winter Light
In the winter, the sun stays lower in the South casting longer shadows throughout the day than in any other season. In the winter, there’s a reprieve in the Alabama humidity so colors often appear more vibrant and saturated. When days or weeks of cloudy skies part and give way to long sunbeams I rush to capture that stream of warmth on canvas, often from inside our home in my favorite spaces like the kitchen and the former service porch now filled with boots, coats, umbrellas, and hats. Oftentimes when the demands of daily life and work don’t permit me to drop everything and paint on the spot, I still make mental notes of what I find striking about the indoor or outdoor light, noting the time of day so I can try and be ready the next time the opportunity comes round. I prefer to paint from life rather than from photographs and my approach is usually impressionistic: conveying how light and atmosphere affect color and form as I see it in the moment. I particularly enjoy painting city scenes in the absence of strong sunlight, when wind or precipitation in the air impart a kind of melancholy mood, while city lights and car lights glimmer and energize the scene. I marvel at how the impressionist painters who’ve come before me, and many of my contemporary impressionists, can turn the ordinary experience into the extraordinary, the “now“ into the “timeless”.
About the Artist
Amy R. Peterson is an artist and art teacher, a lover of art, music, animals, nature, architecture, antiques, outdoors, travel, and people (but leave the ego at home). She lives in Trussville near her native Birmingham, Alabama. She is a wife and mother of 3 children, and a sister and aunt to many. Her artwork has been featured in regional and national exhibitions by the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. She is represented by Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL, and Crown Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC. While she worked other jobs pursuing art in between, she used to fantasize about where an art career might take her life; now she smiles at where her life takes her art!
March 4, 2022 – April 30, 2022