Peter Leckett's contemporary landscapes reflect the dynamic countryside of the Ottawa valley and the surrounding 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.
His artistic interest began at an early age and was later developed at both the University of Waterloo and the Ottawa School of Art. His instruction under Ken Finch and Robert Gorman encouraged him to experiment with varying approaches to landscape and to try different types of medium.
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, Mr. Leckett has gained attention with his series of acrylic landscapes. Striving for a fresh, painterly effect, he prefers executing the majority of the work outdoors with touch ups in his studio. What the resulting pieces lack in detail are more than made up for in their honesty and simplicity. As his works mature, Mr. Leckett seems to be less concerned with details and more attentive to overall design and atmospheric mood.
I like to begin the process by simply looking and recording. But at some point I forget about the subject and begin to paint from the "mind's eye". What I end up with isn't necessarily what was before me. But, hopefully, it's interesting.