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Artist Amy R. Peterson


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Biography


Amy R. Peterson resides in Trussville, AL, near her native Birmingham, AL.  She instructs weekly art classes at Forstall Art Center in Birmingham, regional workshops, and online Zoom Workshop series.  She is known for her Birmingham city scenes and historic interiors; plein air and still life work; and private commissions including pet portraits and wedding bouquets.


Amy graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America; the American Impressionist Society; the Alabama Plein Air Artists; the Mountain Brook Art Association; and the Cahawba Art Association. 
 

"Plein air painting can feel like an athletic sport!  I love the challenge.  It keeps you on your toes; there is no time to overthink!  At the same time, it requires that we slow down and be present... Observe... Take it in.  Color excites me! Our eyes simply see light and color differently than a camera lens interprets them; think of sunrises, twilight, sunsets, clouds backlit by moonlight, high noon shadows. Painting from life gives us the opportunity to get closer to the truth-- about color, about light, and about the beauty or meaning we find in the subject before us.  As an outdoor enthusiast, conservationist, and lover of old things, I value plein air painting as an opportunity to document a place in time, on canvas, immersed in the weather, the season, the uniqueness, and the living history of each location.  I also paint from photographs, but I rely greatly on my plein air experience to infuse my studio paintings with light, life, and confident brush work.  Painting from life remains my greatest teacher, and it’s at the heart of my approach to teaching. "

 
 
 
Exhibitions / Awards / Community:
2021 April 1 - 30 American Impressionist Society Annual Small Works Showcase 
2021 April 16 - May 21 Tennessee Valley Museum of Art Plein Air Exhibition (& May 1 [...]

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