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Lea Peterson
Georgetown, Maine

I live and paint in the seaside village of Georgetown, and have but to look out my window to witness the ocean in all its patterns, rhythms and colors. The sea has thus become a central theme in my work--its rocky shores, thundering waves, marshes, sand shapes and working harbors. While I usually find my subject matter in New England, I regularly explore new vistas through travel in the U.S. and abroad. As a contemporary realist and landscape painter, I try to convey the drama, energy and power I feel in nature, in a particular place, in a particular moment. Painting since I was 7 years old and formally trained in Studio Art at the University of Maryland, I now work full-time in my studio or outdoors. I have been particularly influenced and inspired by the works of Winslow Homer, William Turner, Sidney Laurence and Richard Schmid. My art was recently chosen by the U.S. State Department to be included in its "Art in Embassies" program. I am represented in Maine by the Elizabeth Moss Gallery and in New Hampshire by the N. W. Barrett Gallery. My work also shows at the Centre St. Arts Gallery in Bath, and I have participated in over 200 solo and juried exhibits and gallery invitationals.

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