Design, Paint & Mural
Liesl Petersen resides in Squamish, British Columbia, where surroundings never cease to supply inspiration for her works of fine art and extensive mural portfolio. Petersen’s attention is divided between large-scale representation of recognizable geographic locales throughout the Sea-to-Sky region and a quieter, poetic studio practice of tightly composed paintings in acrylic, ink, and watercolour. Her presence in Squamish proper is undeniable.
Cutting her teeth as a painting contractor in 1997, Petersen has since extended her technical abilities beyond the precision demanded of construction painting towards an investment in her creative capacity as a muralist. Often using crude tools for geometric mapping and, ultimately, free-handing large scale shapes with gestures led only by intuition, the artist’s process is as entertaining to watch as the finished product is to behold. Petersen’s generous process often invites the participation of enthusiastic spectators, allowing the opportunity for people of any demographic, experience, and ability to experience art firsthand. Petersen finds fulfillment in working closely with people to translate their creative ideas into tangible results. Client collaboration is encouraged and facilitated if desired. Petersen’s evolution as an artist, now deftly bridging interior and exterior murals on a multitude of surfaces, has allowed her to explore her graphic art abilities, facilitating enormous multi-story murals and—the first of its kind in Western Canada—aerial rooftop art.
The Creative Works of Liesl Petersen
From 4 story Apartment buildings to VW hippie vans, browse a collection of prominent original freehand mural works by Liesl.
Digital Media & Logos
Dabbles in the world of Adobe Illustrator allows artwork to be made digital for logos, websites, publications and prints. Image licensing and commissions also available.
Pencil and Ink, Watercolor crayon, and small scale paintings.
Among Giants, I feel most at home. My enormous, bold lines span walls like an albatross’s wings and change the landscape of rooftops into portals of imagination. Employing the trust I have built in my hands, arms, shoulders, and legs, I choose movement to dictate how my paint lands. Step into one of my worlds, gaining flight and freedom in a kaleidoscope of colour and pattern.
A love of learning allows me the play and willingness to draw and redraw. I began exploring digital design to do mock-ups for large murals, an exchange between mediums that has yielded imaginative results. As the vehicle of technology speeds forward, I hold tightly to its rear bumper—might as well slap on a couple of my bumper sticker designs while I am taken for a ride.
The miniature painting, a catchall category for a diverse array of figurative works found in my studio, plays host to the mysteries, tales, and creatures that keep my life full of wonder. With an observant eye and an expressive hand, I complement my tiny painted works with items of curiosity—each has its own story to tell. Come explore some of the small and unusual projects that live somewhere between invention and micro-scaled murals.
“See it to believe it. Browse some video and timelapse documentation of my past works.”