Peter Leckett, SCA, CSPWC
Peter Leckett is a plein air artist working in the Ottawa/Gatineau region of Canada.
He is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC).
About the Artist
Peter is a native of the Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau Hills. Growing up in a constantly changing northern climate, this emerging artist has always found a wealth of diverse subject matter in the rugged Canadian landscape. His dedication to his work can be found in his commitment to executing works outdoors in sometimes harsh and challenging environments
Always a serious amateur, he has consistently developed his painting and figurative skills over the years. Part of this development was his election into both the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA). Recently, he has turned to painting full time.
Peter also holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
As a scientist, the current understanding of how we physically see the world has always fascinated me. Most people have a basic understanding of how their eyes work. It’s natural to think of a camera as an analogy. Light passes thru the iris, is focused onto the back of the eye where a grid of rods and cones faithfully records the image, passes it down thru the nerves to the brain and records it in our memory for posterity’s sake.
Recent science has shown however, that surprisingly little information is actually being transmitted along the optic nerves. This can only mean one thing. That our brains are fabricating a lot more stuff than we previously thought.
That the mind has to process and filter what it sees is fairly intuitive and has been known for years. What’s new is the idea that what we see or how we cope may be largely a fabrication based on triggers sent along the optic nerve rather than actual “images” burned in our memories.
So what has this to do with painting? Well, if much of the world around us is described using triggers, then isn’t that what we should be painting? Perhaps a truer rendition of reality is possible using artistic shenanigans to coax our triggers to fire.
2018 - CSPWC/SFA (France Watercolour Society) International Juried Exchange, Halton Hills, Ontario/Avignon
2018 - SCA International Open Juried Online Exhibition
2016 - CSPWC Ontario East Members Show, Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville
2013 - SCA National Open, 45th National Open Juried Exhibition, Ogilvy Centre, Montreal
2013 - SCA Members Show, Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto
2009 - MacDonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa
2008 - CSPWC Open Water, 83rd Open Juried Art Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2007 - Ottawa Watercolour Society, 30th Anniversary Show, Cube Gallery, Ottawa
2004 - SCA National Open, 37th National Open Juried Exhibition, Ogilvy Centre, Montreal
2002 - International Artist Magazine, October 2002 Issue