The Light is Cleaner in Maine

I ate lobster every day (ok yes, sometimes twice a day… lobster scrambled eggs anyone?) And I painted every day. ©2017 Alicia R Peterson, Photo: Artist

Maine has claimed my artist’s eye. This summer and fall I traveled to Bailey Island, Maine. For a NYC raised gal, this small remote island felt like I […]

An Abstract Painter Searches for Space

Kaleidoscopic, ©2017, Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on linen, 30 x 40 inches. $3000 Photo: Peter Scheer

It feels like I have been searching for space all my life. My personal space bubble, my comfort zone is probably different than yours. I don’t like folks who creep up to me in lines as if getting […]

Painting Shadow

This painting first emerged at “The Art of the Figure,” curated by Philip Pearlstein, Gallery North, East Setauket, NY. This is my only painting where I have turned down offers of purchase. Shadow, © 2009 Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 36” Photo: Christina Bohn.

When I first started painting in 1994, […]

The Painting with a Mind of its Own

So what happened to that painting created in the shadow of the full moon while I painted, danced and tore a tendon?

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This is the painting that fateful night in April 2017.

This is the painting once it dried.


The perils of painting

As an abstract painter the moon calls to me. I revel in its luminosity and shadow.

Exo-Planet, ©2107, Alicia R Peterson. Acrylic on 10” circle form, $300. Photo: Peter Scheer.


April 11, 2017 was a particularly big full moon for me. I had been painting inside my head for days in preparation. Canvas […]

The Walk of the Blob: Inside the Head of an Abstract Painter

They stop in their tracks and stare…

What is it?

Look at that BLOB!

No, it’s not a bad horror movie… Welcome to my world as an abstract painter.

Well about that Blob… In 2015, I was honored to be in a juried exhibition at the Art League of Long Island. At the opening of […]

Opening Night of Life

Crescent Full Moon,© 2015, Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on linen, 36 x 24 in. $1100. Photo: Peter ScheerCrescent Full Moon evolved from my kinship with Mother Nature and was painted outside under a cloudy full moon night.

I am waking up in the middle of the night with dread. There is the tinge of […]

Mud is not a Color on the Artists’ Color Wheel

© 2015 Alicia R Peterson, Diagonal Angsty, acrylic on linen, 20 x 16 inches $650 Photo: Peter Scheer

Before I know what’s happening, the teacher rips my canvas out of my hands, exclaiming, “You are doing it all wrong!”

No, Not Again!

During my first painting class in 1996, I had a stand off […]

I've Got the Music in Me

I am doing a happy dance to music on my canvas. My painting Balance was accepted into the Long Island Museum’s I’ve Got the Music in Me juried art competition.

Painted with gestures and flowing paint while listening to music. What do you hear? What do you see?© Alicia R Peterson, Balance. Acrylic on […]

You want me to paint what I see with my eyes?

© Alicia R Peterson, Crazy. Acrylic on linen, 20 x 24 inches. $750 Photo: Peter Scheer.


I was first called to paint in 1994 with no framework and no training. I just put paint on canvas. I was compelled by an inner voice commanding me to paint. Oh, what a wise voice and […]