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8/30/2013 3:19:00 PM
Sedona Giclée Gallery features recent works by Jim Peterson
Jim Peterson grew up in northwestern New Mexico, and at a young age fell in love with the illuminated spaces and sculpted forms of the Southwest.  His interest in photography initially arose from a desire to interpret that vista.
Jim Peterson grew up in northwestern New Mexico, and at a young age fell in love with the illuminated spaces and sculpted forms of the Southwest. His interest in photography initially arose from a desire to interpret that vista.
Jim Peterson
Jim Peterson

Stasis, it is said, is the bane of an artist's career. In the development of a successful artist's body of work, a process of evolution and growth is essential. Without it, the artist risks becoming irrelevant and, ultimately, forgotten.

For Sedona landscape photographer Jim Peterson, that evolution has led to a gradual but steady shift in his artistic inflections. In his latest creations, he is moving in the direction of even more refinement, expressiveness, and nuance than seen previously.

"Thanks to my upbringing, my reverence for the natural world and the living things that inhabit it is unbounded," he says. "As a photographer, my intent is to convey what I experience when contemplating that realm -- to invite the viewer to share my inner response to the scenes I depict. This transcends the literal; it is not the same thing as merely producing an accurate - but unimaginative - representation."

Many of Peterson's recent works are now on display at Sedona Giclée Gallery in West Sedona's Harkins Theater Plaza. He will be on hand at the venue's First Friday reception on September 6, 4-8PM, and the public is invited to stop by that evening to meet the artist, chat about his work, and enjoy wine and refreshments.

Peterson grew up in northwestern New Mexico, and at a young age fell in love with the illuminated spaces and sculpted forms of the Southwest. His interest in photography initially arose from a desire to 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.

Before settling in Arizona, he lived on both coasts (in California and Delaware), as well as in many places in the Midwest and the West. He earned two degrees, a BA in Music and a PhD in Biochemistry, from the University of Chicago, but after postdoctoral work left the academic world for a long and varied career in telecommunications and computers. He worked at Bell Laboratories in Illinois and then at GTE Communication Systems in Phoenix for over two decades, holding positions ranging from highly technical assignments to planning and management roles. But in the midst of all that, his relentless right brain persisted in churning out the stream of ideas and visions embodied in his works.

Upon retirement from his high-tech career, Peterson redirected his energy to his lifelong artistic passion by starting a professional photography business. In addition, over the years he has given back to the community by serving as a board member for a total of seven different non-profit organizations. His fine art photography has been featured in numerous galleries and shows in Phoenix and Sedona, and has been acquired by collectors worldwide.

Sedona Giclée Gallery is located at 2055 W. State Route 89A, Suite B, near the Harkins Theaters, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM. For more information, contact Justin or Jodi Whittaker at 928-282-4708 or visit http://www.sedonagicleestudios.com .

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