Petterson attempts to capture the essence of a
split-second in time. His current photography-based work explores various
themes of lighting to create elements of mystery. Rembrandt and the Dutch
masters’ use of light have strongly influenced Petterson; important elements are
highlighted and the mind must fill in the rest. Fabric and movement are also
subjects of fascination for the artist. He believes that the integration of
movement and fabric are similar to brushstrokes. The chance and artistic freedom
involved in motions of dance and similar movements are also reflected in his
mixed media work.
Recently, Petterson’s focus has been on painting,
photo- based works, steel sculpture, and photography. Music has always been a
very important facet of the artist’s life, whether it be playing, composing, or
simply appreciating music. He has explored performance art, film and kinetic
work involving his own music compositions, set design and choreography.
Petterson has exhibited in both private and public galleries in Canada
and the United States. He is the recipient of The National Film Board of Canada
Award, and has work featured in numerous private and public collections
including Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Airlines, Vancouver General
Hospital, and Laxton & Company.