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 […]

I feel like my insides are showing

We filmed me painting outside but inside my studio, I speak to you. Evidently, I talk with my hands, so I was directed to keep still. Oh, that was hard for me. ©2017 Alicia R Peterson. Photo: Artist

Today is the day! It is a brisk 29 degrees in the north shore of Long […]

'Wasband,' Abstract Art and Punctuating Out of the Box

I have always been Alicia R Peterson. It never made sense to me that I would assume another’s name if I married. So, I did not. Yay, I did not have to change back when I divorced. Excuse the diversion. But it’s a story with a happy ending.

“Wasband” my gift to the world.

(Actually, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Again with the Voice of “You Can’t”?

Summer in the Sound, © 2016 Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 30.” Yes, this story has a happy ending. Photo: Jeff Foster

This year I signed up for my second time at Gallery North’s Wet Paint Festival. In short, wet paint means local Long Island and NYC metro artists gather for […]

Focusing Beyond the Target

Circa 1984

I was a student of Sensei Hidy Ochiai and studied Washin-ryu Karate-Do for 12 years. The life lessons I learned and character I built as his student stays with me. Even though I no longer formally study with him, I still consider myself one of his loyal students. I remain a fierce […]

The Voice of Art

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” —Maya Angelou

Self © 2011, acrylic on canvas 24 x 12” $750Photo: Peter Scheer


My story was untold until one day in 1994 without warning, without apparent reason, my inner Buddha commanded me to paint. The voice simply said, “paint” […]

Abstract Friends

Communication, 2015 Alicia R Peterson. Acrylic on linen, 30 in. x 40 in. $1300 Photo: Peter Scheer

I was slogging through a stretch of intense loneliness. It felt too big to bear, too big to paint. I knew I was avoiding what needed to be painted, what needed to be felt. Even though I […]

Keener Abstract Painter Alicia R Peterson

Self Portrait, © 2014, Alicia R Peterson, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 ” $750Photo by Peter Scheer

I have an affinity for questions. You honor me with your questions: what if, why not and really? Please ask away. I do not promise to answer all questions, but I do promise to ponder them.