Jay Petrow is a painter and landscape designer who finds similarities in both pursuits.
“When a garden is designed, groups of plants are used to compose areas of color and texture that interplay with each other. I approach painting in a similar way, almost from an explorer’s point of view. Initially I may choose a few colors as a starting point to explore the tension and vibrancy between them, but as the painting develops, it becomes more an exploration of my inner world,” he said about his process.
Petrow, who is principal owner of PetrowGardens Landscape Design in Westport, will have a one-man exhibition of his work, Gardens & Abstractions — Jay Petrow, at Wilton Library. The show opens Friday, May 8, with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. open to the public.
Featured will be close to 30 abstract paintings and 30 photographs of his landscape designs. Of his work he said, “In landscape design, creating visual depth draws the viewer in and through the created space. My paintings become a place that I inhabit, and if successful, a place that others can venture into as well.”
Before turning to landscape design, Petrow worked as an art director at several magazines for many years in New York, first at Time and Sports Illustrated and then at BusinessWeek. He studied painting at the Silvermine School of Art, landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and advertising at the School of Visual Arts. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and biology from Middlebury College in Vermont.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 30. A majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.
Information: 203-762-3950, ext. 213, or wiltonlibrary.org.