To witness genocide is to feel not only the chill of your own mortality, but the degradation of all humanity. Even the most brilliant photography cannot capture the landscape of genocide…This room is empty, though it is full of people. It has been emptied thus, not by the misfortune of disease or disaster, but by the hatred of other people. -Fergal Keane
Peterson’s latest hyperreal paintings are metaphoric silent witnesses – quintessential portraitures of salient human beings and incorporeal landscapes bathed in dramatic light and shadow. Don’t Shed No Tears is at once visceral and ethereal. Be forewarned – these deftly crafted images of chaotic order constrained by extraordinary compositional harmony will remain with you as haunting memories. Portraying a language of white letters, they are unspoken visual messages – but nonetheless not unheard. For most of it, there are no words.