Mary Elizabeth Peterson is one of the most important and well collected abstract artists to emerge in the US today.
Mary Elizabeth “M.E.” (Marvin) Peterson is an abstract artist based in the Carolinas and Connecticut. A classically trained painter, her practice focuses on creating “Slow Art” that deliberately draws viewers in to increase well-being or what she calls flourishing. She often speaks in public about the transformative nature of art. Plant and marine life, water, and environmental circumstances inspire her creativity.
M.E. has been painting since age nine and is a graduate of The University of Connecticut and The Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is a juried member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and received a residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been written about widely, appeared in movie and TV sets and is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. She has a strong exhibit record including prominent museums and galleries. Top US retailers sell quality reproductions of her art.
In 1997 M.E. underwent 11 hours of life-saving brain surgery for a vascular defect. She had more brain surgery and suffered strokes as a complication in 2017. She has made a full recovery and returned to making art full time. M.E. is one of the newest resident artists to jury into Firing Circuits Artists’ Studios - a reclaimed factory building and a unique workspace to create art in Norwalk, Connecticut.
See ARTIST'S STATEMENT and CV below.
All art copyright © Mary Elizabeth Peterson 2001-2020. All artwork is not for resale or commercial use. Please contact me if you are interested in selling or using my work. This artwork may not be reproduced in any way without express written permission.
Significant Form | Emotional Participation - My art questions how we experience nature in our increasingly technological lives. I hope to counter the passive intake of images that bombard us daily by enticing the viewer to engage a moment with one of my painted assimilations of nature. My art originates from visual memories of remote landscapes, waterways and intriguing natural objects like seedpods. I sort the images of this mental slideshow and cull out elements that are not strictly representational but strike me as being vaguely familiar.
Balance | Color-to-Color Relations | Hybrid Materials - My creative process emphasizes balance and serenity in the arrangement of color and form. I try to set up new color-to-color relationships in my work and to innovate by painting with hybrid materials ranging from acrylic, oil crayon, plastics, woven vinyl, construction materials and fabric applied to canvas, boards and paper.
Direct Invention | Objective Traditions - In the studio, my work practice is spontaneous. I rarely make studies but always have a plan in mind. I begin with an underpainting and then add multiple layers. A solid foundation of old world painting skills gives me the courage to work directly into the surface and the confidence to be innovative. I get messy and playful on canvas but never give up full control: whatever I create must stand on its own in the time-honored tradition of painting.
awards | honors
2014 Grant Recipient, Vermont Studio Center International Artist Residency, Johnson, VT
solo and two-person exhibits
2017 Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2014 Troy Fine Arts, Southport, CT (solo)
2014 ArtPlace Gallery, Fairfield, CT
2013 UConn Gallery, Stamford, CT
select group exhibits
Abstract Fabulous, Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC
ArtFields 2019, Lake City, SC
Winter Show of Living Artists, GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Guild Exhibit, Susan Eley Curator @ SEFA Gallery, NY, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT
Spectrum 2018, Hilary Lewis Curator @ The Glass House, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
New Guild Members Exhibit, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT
Spectrum 2015, Amy Smith-Stewart Curator @ The Aldrich Museum, CT, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
N’oreaster 2015, Sharon Butler Curator @ Two Coats of Paint, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Smackdown II, Beechwood Arts, Westport, CT
It’s All in the Details, Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
N’oreaster 2013, Lexi Lee Sullivan Curator @ deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Reflections, Kenise Barnes Curator @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton, CT
Foodies, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
CT Women Artists Show, Slater Museum, Norwich, CT
Navigations, ArtPlace Gallery, Fairfield, CT
Summer, Alexandra Munroe Senior Curator @ Guggenheim Museum, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
White Walls, William Christenberry Curator, Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC