PHOEBE TWICHELL PETERSON

 

Artist Statement

“I paint because I cherish the creative process, and enjoy finding the abstract patterns that exist around us.”

Having grown up in New England, much of my imagery is inspired by the coastal scenes I so enjoy. While creating paintings about weathered old rowboats, I often notice the personalities of the boats emerge. They remind me of people I know. I enjoy the tensions, the tug and pull, the affection, and relationships that develop between these worn and wonderful old boats. The boats act as a tool to help me intellectually and emotionally explore a social theme, artistic concept or personal story. Within this series recurring themes and symbols exist. Water imagery is linked to adventure and exploration. The boats tend to represent the soul or the human body, while the docks often symbolize things that ground us and give our lives meaning. These grounding elements can be wonderfully positive like the love of family, friends, work, and home. They can also be binding and limiting like the obligations and responsibilities that often constitute adult life. The bow line (coincidentally called “the painter”) literally and figuratively ties these elements together.

All of the paintings are painted in oil on hand-stretched linen canvas. The compositions derive from my own extensive photographs and plein air paintings.

 

Education

1986-1988 The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY (studied graphic design)
1982-1986 Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum
Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Solo Shows

2008 The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
2006 Willow Antiques and Interiors, Clifton, VA
2006 INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Merrifield, VA

Group Exhibitions

2014 Vanderbilt Carriage House Designer Showhouse, Bar Harbor, ME
2012 /We Were There/, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2004 INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Merrifield, VA
2003 The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA