Peter Joslin has lived in Vermont for over 20 years, taking advantage of
the incredible beauty of the mountains, lakes and streams all around him.
Before that, he lived and worked in Connecticut— he grew up in Trumbull,
and then moved to New Haven, where he worked for Eastern Press, Inc., a
printer that specialized in catalogs, posters and books for museums and
galleries throughout the US. He worked on the night shift in order to
paint during the day. Peter and his family relocated to the Northeast
Kingdom in the early 90’s to work at the renowned Stinehour Press, and
finally settled in Charlotte, near Lake Champlain.
Peter has been
painting for over 40 years, creating precise collages in the early years;
and then abstracted landscapes in oil and watercolor for much of his
career. For the past six years, he has been focusing on the intimate
beauty of fish and their extraordinary markings- specifically, trout.
Peter’s childhood pastime of fishing followed him through the years, and
today he fly fishes the streams and rivers of Vermont—and his painting
focuses on the patterns and colors of brook and brown trout. He began with
a series of small studies based on their magnificent markings and
coloration and continues to explore these themes, sometimes depicting the
fish entirely, but sometimes filling the canvas with the markings only,
highlighting one of nature’s fascinating truths, that patterns are found
everywhere in fish, foliage, birds, etc.
His paintings are modest
in scale, allowing for intimate examination. Peter is interested in the
boundaries between painting and illustration and is informed by pattern
and design. Pattern, design and color are essential in the natural world.
Nowhere is this more evident and manifested more elegantly than the
trout/Char species, a species in existence for over a million years.
“Fly fishing, wading in mountain streams and rivers, gets me close to my
subject. Feeling the pull, the tug of a fish, feeling their energy informs
Peter is a graduate of the Yale School of Art, earning a
MA in painting in 1985. His work is in private collections throughout New