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, […]

An Abstract Artist Discovers the Power of 'Yes, And'

“Yes, and” is the foundation of improvisation…A cooperative venture in creation. You receive the offer of your partner and add to it.

Orange Delta, ©2017 Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on linen, 40 x 30 inches, $3500. Photo: Peter Scheer

If you and I were doing a scene together, or better yet let’s pretend it’s […]

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.


Dancing Naked under the Full Moon an Abstract Painter Destroys a Painting, Tears a Tendon and Finds Wisdom

Bronze-River. ©2017 Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on linen, 10 x 30.” $650. Photo: Peter Scheer

So where is the wisdom in challenge? What have I learned? How will this affect my painting process?

1. I have skills in ignoring what my body is trying to tell me. This can lead to major ouchies […]

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 […]

Painting with a Beginner’s Mind

©AliciaRPeterson, Shadow. Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 36 inches, NFS. Photo: Peter Scheer

I have not made one line on my paper in twenty minutes. It is still glaringly blank. I am at the Atelier at Flowerfield in St. James, NY in a lovely studio, on a warm summer night in 2016. Talented artists […]

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 […]