Mary Elizabeth “M.E.” (Marvin) Peterson is an abstract artist based in Connecticut. A classically trained painter, her practice focuses on creating “Slow Art” that deliberately draws viewers in to increase well-being or what she calls flourishing. She often speaks in public about the transformative nature of art. Plant and marine life, water, and environmental circumstances inspire her creativity.
M.E. has been painting since age nine and is a graduate of The University of Connecticut and The Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is a member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and received a residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been written about widely, appeared in movie and TV sets and is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. She has a strong exhibit record including prominent museums and galleries. Top US retailers sell quality reproductions of her art.
As a young adult, M.E. underwent 11 hours of life-saving brain surgery. She had more brain surgery and suffered strokes as a complication in 2017. She has made a full recovery and returned to making art full time.
"My art questions how we experience nature in our increasingly technological lives. I hope to counter the passive intake of images that bombard us daily by enticing the viewer to engage a moment with one of my painted assimilations of nature. My art originates from visual memories of remote landscapes, waterways and intriguing natural objects like seedpods. I sort the images of this mental slideshow and cull out elements that are not strictly representational but strike me as being vaguely familiar."