I grew up as an enthusiastic artist in graphite at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia where I passed the time exploring creation in the countryside and woods around my home. During these formative years, I pursued drawing and art as a passionate hobbyist. I rarely went out without my drawing pad under my arm, learning techniques that have been fundamental in my skills as an oil painter years later.
After I married my best friend, I gained an interest in oils when my father took a painting class and began to teach me the basics. Thus began my foundation in painting. I soon began pouring over library books and videos. I also fit in a couple workshops as time and child-rearing permitted. Now with three active and delightful young children, the pursuit of my art is mainly a post bedtime ritual.
Family roots add significance to my painting pursuit. My late grandmother and former League of Roanoke Artists member, Myrna Peterson, excelled at oils. I also enjoy painting with my children, nieces and nephews, and my father, David Peterson.
While the majority of my time is spent painting in the studio, plein air painting intrigues me. The difference between studio and plein air painting has stunned me. Nonetheless, I continue because it is delightful. Besides Virginia, I love painting up north; Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are among my favorites. I have also had the privilege of joining accomplished plein air artists in New England where our family of five vacations annually.