A Risk Taker: Relief Prints by Tim Peterson

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A Risk Taker
Relief Prints by Tim Peterson
Mon, Jan 22, 6:30–8pm

Artists in general take themselves way too seriously. Me? No way. I want my work to be enjoyable, so much so that even my subjects look like they are enjoying what they are doing in my relief prints.

I have rediscovered youth in retirement by teaching printmaking to third and fourth grade school kids as an artist-in-residence at the Eccles Art Center. I hope to increase their love for art while we have good old-fashioned fun.

Currently, I'm working on a series of prints entitled “‘The Panama Thompson Family: His father Panama, his wife Tallulah, his dog Skippy, his daughter Rootie, and his son Stinky." Their lives play out in the red rock country of southern Utah—in Thompsonville, the Monaco of the Arizona Strip.

I hope you enjoy the art at least half as much as I have enjoyed creating it!

As a kid born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, my love for just looking at things turned me in to a visual person.

After five years of college in the 1960s at the University of Utah with one quarter of school to go, I discovered I could draw and paint. The art department there had a condensed study of art on an extended road trip to Mexico, and I jumped at the chance to go. We ate, slept and breathed art 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was an eye-opening experience, and I grew immensely as an artist. But I didn’t want to stay in school for another three or four years only to become a waiter like the rest of my art student friends. Instead, I earned my degree in sociology. I wanted to save the world, but instead I became a ski bum, baker and pastry chef, photographer, and all-around nice guy.

To make a long story short, life got in the way of my art—more baking and pastry cheffing, marriage, family, and divorce. I went back to college later in life and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, or in other words, a real license to be a starving artist. So for the last 30 years or so, I have been a pastry chef by day and artist by night, ever improving my skills in illustration, photography, and printmaking.

Upon retirement, I found out I was a ski bum for way too long—I guess I forgot to work! But boy, did I have an enjoyable time. The consequence is that my Social Security check is about as big as a minute! Man oh man, is it great to finally be able to be an artist every day! I have become a reductive color relief printmaker, and I’m loving it.

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