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m WHEN DANNY PETERSEN ISN'T FAVORITE SUBJECT: CATALINA GIVING LOCAL TOURS, HE'S PAINTING'HIS From early settlers to current attractions, the best history yet! Soft Cover *.39" BY CHARLES M. KELLY Danny Petersen displays several of his paintings. Wrigley Family legacy told through memoirs & photos. Soft Cover *37" Hard Cover s47'5 Local artist. Danny Petersen's favorite painting subject is Catali- na. "All of my paintings are about Catalina because I never, leave the Is)and," he said. This is where he learned about flora and fauna (plants and animals). Petersen, 52, also likes to paint Catalina because the light is perfect here. It helps that the buildings here are beautiful because "the town was intended as a destination," he said. "The scenery is so unique." Petersen wasn't just referring tO the architecture of Avalon when he said that. He prefers the Outdoors. Petersen said he goes to the Interior whenever he possibly can to paint locations. Petersen said" the sur- rounding ocean and the mountain- ous terr. ain of Santa catalina Island contrast in interesting ways. "It truly is an enchanted Is- land," he said, It is the interpreta- tion of the scene that he believes is most important, He's not fond of deadlines. "I try to tell people that it Will be done when it's'done," Pc- tersen said. When .he is commissioned to create a painting, he usually tells clients that the work will be done in about three months. He works primarily in oil paint, though he has worked in all me- dia including computers. He also sketches scenes in pastel chalk. amazed 00Q What a patriotic time, for the island. Very rare photos! SoftCover s25 SOLD ON CATALINA ISLAND AT Catalina Museum Sugarloaf Books The Steamer Trunk Catalina Conservarcy Gifts * Two Harbors General Stores Buoys & Gulls El Rancho Escondido Gift Shop He described using the pas- tel sketches to hone his painting skills. He spends at least eight to 10 hours a week actually paint- ing. That doesn't count time spent thinking about the paintings. Portrait of aa artist Born in 1959, Petersen first came to the Island at age 9, the year mankind first walked on the moon. He attended Cabrillo College. "I never got a degree in anyth'mg. I just went to college," he said. While academic life was not for him, Petersen is always collecting information. He considers self-ed- ucation an on-going process. He learned to paint when he was 30. Yet he had been drawing all his life. "I've always been able to draw very well," he said. When he realized he could paint, he didn't hesitate. He remembered watching his grandfather paint. His influences include Vincent Van Gogh--his painting of the Marlin Club at night echoes "Starry Night"--and the post-impression- istic painters. He has also studied Leonardo DiVinci's sketches. He's been a member of the Catalina Art Association for about 20 years now. Petersen said that while Catalina is not an artist's colony, there have always been art- ists here. He said the artistic com- munity has been helpful. Like the vast majority of artists, he does not earn his living from his paintings. He called himself an amateur who takes a professional approach to the quality of his art. He doesn't like to talk about pricing. He said sometimes a paint- ing that takes months to work on will cost about as much as a paint- ing he did in 40 minutes. "Deep down, I just do art," he said. "The less I think, the better they (his artworks)come out," he said. Catalina's outdoors are not just the subjectof his art, but his place of work. He is a guide for Bike Catalina and senior kayak guide for Descanso Beach Ocean Sports. He also takes tourists snor- keling. "I'm pretty much a nature guide right now," he said. The nature guide/artist does two shows a year. The spring show will be the annual Catalina Art Asso- ciation show in April. The winter show will be in September. His art graces this week's Is- lander cover. 6 1 Friday, March 11, 2011 1lie c/flrAul~ i$1./o11)1~1~