Mary Elizabeth Peterson



acrylic, graphite, oil stick on unstretched canvas

48" x 36"

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About the Artist

Mary Elizabeth Peterson

New Haven, Connecticut

"Modern-day life produces fatigue, stress, and overstimulation. I think we all need to get away from our usual routine and allow ourselves to feel a part of something greater. My art deliberately draws you in to help improve your mental state and overall well-being. My paintings are like a re-set button." - ME Peterson.

Mary Elizabeth Peterson's meditative paintings combine dynamic colors, natural shapes, and fluid line work. Having undergone life-threatening brain surgery, she found her soul’s purpose in her art with the opportunity to explore and express herself more freely. Peterson's paintings examine art's restorative properties through allusive figuration, gestural line work, organic forms, and colors derived from nature.

As the figuration appears and disappears within the canvas's shapes and gestural movements, the composition flows from visual memory and is slow to reveal itself. Evoking a meditative and often nostalgic sensory experience, she is acutely focused, making reactionary split-second decisions. Those decisions are based on her deep understanding of the materials she employs. It is an intense journey. She is most satisfied as an artist when the viewer's reaction is quiet and calm - followed by several "aha" moments.

Her sensibility is informed by her education from UConn and The Corcoran College of Art + Design. Peterson exhibits in galleries and museums frequently. In the past 10 years, her collector base has grown significantly, leading her to work with interior designers and establish strong collaborations with luxury home brands such as Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home. In 2021, she launched, a brand of fine-art reproductions based on her original paintings. She is a juried member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and has done residency work at The Vermont Studio Center. She lives and works in Connecticut, USA.

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