Peter Dolan Printmaker
1920 B River Road
Barry’s Bay, Ontario
At the end of River Road just as it turns into Kartuzy Road on the west side of Kamaniskeg Lake.
In the late 1990s a friend and architectural colleague, Patrick Glorieux, dragged me out to a free art lesson at Bob Grant’s School of Fine Art in Ottawa (motto: ‘Live masters who paint like dead ones’). We stayed for three years. After that, Patrick dragged me to an etching course or two at the Ottawa School of Art. Later we both built our own presses and joyfully in retirement we have both put them to good use.
I have tried many different techniques: classic etching, sugar lift, aquatint and drypoint, on copper, relief on lino and wood, and screenprinting. The courses at the OSA wisely stressed ‘try everything!’ and I endeavour to do that daily in the studio I share with my wife at our home on Kamaniskeg Lake.
All of these techniques are fantastic ways to explore form, and especially colour, to create amazing images, something I can do all day in the studio on the lake.
When I am not printing, I am painting in oils, as does my wife. We are both retired architects who have settled in Barry’s Bay after a life and careers in Ottawa. My favourite subjects are people and interiors, but lately I have been inspired by my wife’s garden (including the pillage of the odd plant now and then). My hope in printmaking is to produce large poster-size pieces of work. Lithography and photo gravure techniques will be the next sandbox to play in.