My paintings speak to a specific time, place and subject for me. I am an interpreter, I hear the noise and I try to make sense of it. I have often been criticized for not developing a definitive style but I am proud of this distinction. I liken my work to that of a musician. While I may prefer certain genres or aesthetics, I choose to match the piece to the subject. My voice is secondary to the sentiment; I use styles, methods and media as tools to deliver the message. While many of my works definitely exhibit certain traits and tendencies, I'd rather not be boxed into a classification. Painterly strokes, vivid coloring and dynamic formats are some of my hallmarks.
My subject matter ranges from portraiture to abstract fields of color. Most of my early pieces were heavily influenced by the Impressionists. I have a knack for color and often enjoy mixing on the canvas. Many of the traits that have become signature for my work are chiefly due to my lack of economic support. The painterly stroke work on most of my early pieces weren't always deliberate, instead they were choices driven out of necessity. I could not afford brushes with fresh tips and fine edges. I chose boards over canvases because they were accessible. Oils were used sparingly and in thin layers.
I have been exhibited in about a dozen galleries in the Mid-Atlantic and have placed or received honors at many different juried exhibits from 1994 to present. I have been featured in online galleries such as Noir.org and was named an "Artist to Watch" by Blue Ridge Arts Association.
The works on this page were created from 2010-23 and are copyright of Pete Lyon, if you are interested in purchasing or using the images please contact me here.
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