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Osoyoos painter Peter Scott opens show in Penticton
Osoyoos artist Peter Scott is the featured artist in an upcoming show at Penticton’s Front Street Gallery.
The show runs from Friday, Aug. 8 to Thursday, Aug. 21 and is titled “Okanagan Skies.”
Scott said he showed his work at the same gallery in May, but was invited back this month as the featured artist.
He will have one wall to present a cross section of his works, which will include 15 to 20 paintings.
Scott describes his style as “impressionist landscapes,” and he works in both watercolours and acrylics. His paintings are currently on display at several local wineries and restaurants and one painting is showing at the summer show at the Osoyoos Art Gallery.
Scott’s work features broad brushstrokes that convey a mood of the landscape. There are few details.
If his work vaguely suggests the Group of Seven, Emily Carr or Toni Onley, there are reasons for that.
Scott, 58, was born in Sardis near Chilliwack and studied art at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
“I studied with the Canadian artist named Gordon Smith, and Gordon is probably one of the prominent artists in Canada right now,” Scott said. “He’s in his 90s now, but he was a friend of Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven when Lawren was in his final years. So I got a lot from Gordon that came from Lawren Harris.”
Harris taught Smith such techniques as painting the sky the last and turning paintings upside down to look at them for mistakes and composition.
“I learned those tricks from Gordon via Lawren Harris,” said Scott. “I was also influenced by Emily Carr in my early years.”
His broad, swooping brushstrokes were reminiscent of Carr’s style.
Onley, who taught at the university and would critique his students’ work, influenced his watercolour style.
“I got to meet him and to learn what his palette was,” said Scott. “His style really has influenced my watercolour style.”
Scott taught all facets of art for 30 years in the Quesnel school district, mainly at the high school level, but he has also taught drawing at college and briefly taught at the elementary school level.
Two and a half years ago, he relocated to Osoyoos and has become a full-time artist, fulfilling a long-time dream of moving to the Okanagan.
While he does some painting in the basement of his home next to Peanut Lake, he spends much of his time painting in the studio above the Osoyoos Art Gallery with other members of Artists on Main.
Living in the north, he mostly painted watercolours of northern scenery, such as spruce forests, frozen creeks and snow.
“When I moved down here, I wanted to change my style a bit, so I looked to the desert and got a feel for the new colours,” Scott said. “The light is much softer down here and it’s such a large expanse. I love the skies. I’ve really been focusing on skies the last two years.”
He’s also been working on larger canvasses and painting more in acrylics, though in the last few months he has shifted back to watercolours.
“I work on the reflections of the water and the skies,” he said. “The lakes here really have inspired me.”
The Front Street Gallery is located at 60 Front Street in Penticton. The show runs from Aug. 8 – 21. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.