Lea Peterson

Georgetown, ME

Painting has been part of my life since the age of 7 when my parents noticed my sketching and signed me up for private art lessons. Since then, I continued to study art while in high school and college and then in workshops. I pursued a first career helping corporations to develop communication programs, but in 2007 dropped other work and moved to Maine to paint full-time. My paintings are usually part of a series. Something in the landscape will strike me as particularly stunning or interesting, and I will then explore it in multiple ways on canvas. It might be a study of coastal skiffs and dinghies; lobstermen or clammers at work; buoys catching the light; tugboats and cranes in a shipyard; puffins in their nesting habitats; or the look of the stormy sea. When I've exhausted my emotion on a topic in my art, I move on. There is always another intriguing idea waiting for interpretation. While I usually find my subject matter in Maine, I regularly seek new vistas through travel to explore in my art. Painting is a daily event for me. I enjoy the variety of working in my studio or "plein air", alone or with artist friends. I typically work 6 to 7 hours a day, creating 30 to 50 new oil paintings per year. During that work time, I stay focused and avoid distraction--I am totally into my art. Because life is stressful on so many levels, I try to make an oasis of my art, where viewers can linger and refresh, feel revitalized and soothed. It is certainly an oasis for me. My goal is to convey the extraordinary beauty in ordinary places, objects and activities. When people look at my work, I want it to strike a chord--evoke a positive memory or emotion and in some way resonate with and reinforce something good in their lives.

Website: http://www.leapetersonart.net