Artist Renee Peterson

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As a girl I couldn’t get enough of paper dolls and I enjoyed drawing them for myself. As I grew older I began drawing the fashion models from catalogs. It was there that I became attracted to the human form, and I was particularly interested in capturing the face and hands. More than just through the eyes, I see the entire face and the hands as, yes, a window to the soul, to the nature and character, the very essence of a person. I paint because the connection I feel to what I am painting – people, animals, landscapes or still lifes – thrills and nourishes me. I feel joy when I can communicate this to others so they are able to see and feel what I have seen and felt.
I began painting portraits in my late teens. I studied fine art and commercial art at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Colorado, and Rocky Mountain School of Art. I worked as a graphic artist and illustrator at the Boulder Daily Camera before working independently as a commercial illustrator for more than twenty years. A few years ago I was able to get back to what I enjoy most of all – painting!

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