Lea Peterson

I am a full-time artist living and painting in Georgetown, Maine. My oil paintings are primarily seascapes and landscapes that convey the many moods of New England–its rocky shores, mountains, marshes, wildlife and people. My art career started early at the age of seven when I began weekly private lessons in charcoal drawing and oil painting. I continued studying with a number of instructors and was formally trained in Studio Art at the University of Maryland, where I focused on oil painting and sculpture. While pursuing a career in Communication in Boston, I continued to study art at the Harvard Extension School. In 2007, I committed to a career as an artist and moved to Maine. I love the drama of the coast and find inspiration whenever I look out at the ocean. Its rhythms and energy say much to me about life, and so the sea has become a central theme in my work.
Since then, I have been painting full-time, either plein air or in my studio daily. In 2008, I partnered with four other artists to found the Old Post Office Gallery in Georgetown to support and promote the work of local artists. With another 8 artists, I did the same in Bath in 2012, founding an arts center called the Centre Street Arts Gallery. My paintings are held in many private collections in several countries. People who have purchased my work remark on its color, energy and vitality. Said one fan recently, “When I look at your work, I can actually smell the salt water.” I am a Juried Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America and the Pastel Society of America. My work has appeared in many juried exhibitions and I regularly participate in local and national shows. My work is represented by the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, Maine, and the Centre St. Arts Gallery in Bath, Maine. I paint for the pure joy of it. Sure, it’s work and has its share of frustrations, but on balance painting satisfies and completes me. With a brush in my hand and a canvas in front of me, I feel connected to the natural world. I try to convey the drama and energy I feel in nature, in a particular place, in a particular moment–the joy of being, the sparkle of light on water, the sweep of the surf, and the color and texture of coast and country. When people look at my work, I want it to strike a chord–to surface a positive memory or emotion, to resonate with or reinforce something good in their lives. “I look for moments of extraordinary beauty in ordinary places. Each painting is an invitation to feel and experience, not just gaze from a distance. If viewers feel drawn to the painting, as to an oasis where they can linger, rest or refresh, I feel I’ve succeeded.”

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