After a summer spent exploring the wilds and waters of the Pacific Northwest, Robin Peterson has transformed her memories into artwork for a new art show at Kimball Espresso Cafe gallery.
“I am one of the regular art people here,” Peterson, 62, said. “(These paintings) are inspired by what I did on my summer vacation.”
Featuring tidescape scenes and PNW native animals depicted in acrylics, Peterson paints from sketches or photographs taken during her “wild” kayak trips. A retired equine veterinarian, Peterson has worked as an illustrator since 1993, combining her passion for art with her love of natural sciences.
Mostly a self-taught artist, she did take a sabbatical from her veterinary practice in 1990 to attend a graduate course in science illustration at UC Santa Cruz in California.
“I’ve always painted and I’ve always used it as a learning tool,” Peterson said. “I think drawing and painting go hand in hand with science.”
A Pacific Northwest native, Peterson has lived in Vaughn for the past 11 years since retiring as a veterinarian, though she still assists occasionally with cases as needed.
Along with her other paintings, she also takes commissions for work to paint animals and often paints commemorative pieces for animals that have passed away.
“It’s like capturing more of a memory than an exact likeness,” Peterson said. “I’m always looking for something a little different.”
Gift certificates and more information on Peterson’s work are available on her website at fernwoodstudio.com.
Robin Peterson art show
When: Peterson’s show at Kimball Espresso Cafe will run through Oct. 24, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16.
Where: Kimball Espresso Cafe is located at 6950 Kimball Drive in Gig Harbor.