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“Postcards to Myself” An Exhibit of Travel Watercolors
November 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Paintings by Jim Pettit, AIA
A retired Baltimore architect and a 1969 graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, Jim Pettit, AIA has no formal training in art but was briefly exposed to watercolor during his years at Virginia. Since then he has pursued that interest whenever he has had the opportunity. His subjects tend to be found in nature, in contrast to the man-made world of architecture. Simple scenes of fields, mountains, skies, vineyards and the occasional village scene are what make up most of his current body of work.
Jim teaches Architectural Drawing and Design at Gilman School and was formerly Senior Associate at Penza Bailey Architects before his retirement in 2012. He and his wife reside in Baltimore with their dog, Oz, but also spend time in New Mexico and in Europe.
I don’t subscribe to a particular philosophy regarding my watercolors. I am self-taught, learning as I go and have been painting sporadically since the late 1960s. Much of my work has been done while on vacation and away from the everyday hassles of job and home. Recently I started painting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I have a small house and studio where I relax and focus on painting.
After practicing architecture for 45 years, teaching and painting offer a much appreciated change of pace. Moving from the manmade to the natural, landscapes tend to be my preferred subjects. New Mexico skies and variety of terrain are incredible and are a challenge that I cannot resist.
For now, I treat my work as “postcards to myself” and these paintings have found space on walls in both Santa Fe and Baltimore.”