Mary Elizabeth Peterson is one of the most important and well collected abstract artists to emerge in the US today.
Mary Elizabeth (Marvin) Peterson is an American abstract artist based in North Carolina and Connecticut. A classically trained painter, Peterson’s practice focuses on creating “Slow Art” – paintings that deliberately draw viewers in to increase well-being or what she calls flourishing. She speaks often about the transformative nature of art. Her work is inspired largely by plant and marine life, water and ecological circumstances. Peterson 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 has received an artist residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been written about widely in print and digital publications and is held in private and corporate collections worldwide.
"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 under painting and then add multiple layers. A solid foundation of old school 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." - ME Peterson
Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Maura Segal
Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC | 2017
New Members Exhibit, Silvermine Gallery
New Caanan, CT | 2016
Spectrum, Carriage Barn Arts Center
New Canaan, CT | 2015
N’oreaster, New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT | 2015
Smackdown II, Beechwood Arts
Westport, CT | 2015
New Works - solo show, Troy Fine Arts
Southport, CT | 2014
It’s All in the Details, Kershner Gallery
Fairfield, CT | 2013
Juried Show, New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT | 2013
Foodies, Westport Arts Center
Westport, CT | 2012
CT Women Artists Show, Slater Museum
Norwich, CT | 2012
Summer, Westport Arts Center
Westport, CT | 2010
White Walls, Corcoran Museum
Washington, DC | 2001