Drawing and painting throughout his early childhood, Jay Petrow earned a bachelors degree from Middlebury College in Vermont with a focus on painting and drawing in a representational style. After graduating, Petrow had a long career as an editorial art director in New York City working for major consumer magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Time and BusinessWeek.
In the last 10 years Petrow has made major changes in his painting approach and his career. He gravitated to painting abstract expressionist works to explore his inner world and his emotional state in dealing with his son’s autism. The brush strokes and colors explode from within as he processes the different feelings experienced with his son: love, anger, humor, sadness, and loss.
Studying with abstract painters at Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, Petrow’s art has been on view in solo shows at local libraries and represented in group shows at the Westport Art Center and Silvermine Galleries the last few years. He is a member of the Westport Artist Collective. Petrow also owns the Westport landscape company, PetrowGardens Landscape Design, where he designs abstract meadows using native grasses and perennials.