Art Spot: Peter Martocchio
I am a retiree who is delighted to paint using the time that used to be devoted to my professional career.
My medium is traditional watercolour. My style is loosely realistic. The uniqueness of my work is that I portray landscapes in different light, stressing either reflections, strong sunlight, shadows, or clouds. This exhibit, “Scenes from Around Here,” that runs between June 1-30 at the Wolfville Library, is a collection of plein air and studio work.
In the summer I paint outside in plein air. In the winter I paint in my studio from photos I have taken during the warm season. My inspiration comes from ordinary scenes around Wolfville, Port Williams, Kentville, Blomidon, Canning, and Mahone Bay. A selection of my work can be found on line at the Fine Art America web site.
Ever since I was a child I was either sketching or drawing scenes that caught my interest. In high school I was always involved in either yearbook sketches or painting theatre scenery. At university I took every art class I could fit into my schedule. I began painting in oils but moved to water media about 25 years ago.
I paint because I feel the need to express my reaction to my surroundings. This area is so beautiful that subject matter is around every turn. I use watercolour because it offers a spontaneity no other medium provides.
Peter Martocchio’s paintings are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue throughout the month of June. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours