Jay Petrow is a painter and landscape designer who finds similarities in both pursuits.\u201cWhen a garden is designed, groups of plants are used to compose areas of color and texture that interplay with each other.\u00a0 I approach painting in a similar way, almost from an explorer\u2019s point of view.\u00a0 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,\u201d 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 \u2014 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.\u00a0 Of his work he said, \u201cIn landscape design, creating visual depth draws the viewer in and through the created space.\u00a0 My paintings become a place that I inhabit, and if successful, a place that others can venture into as well.\u201dBefore 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\u2019s degree in fine arts and biology from Middlebury College in Vermont.The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 30.\u00a0 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.