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Mike Peterson

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I grew up in northern Illinois where my interest in art took me to Chicago and the American Academy of Art.  That was 1976 and at the time, my training focused on watercolor painting which I continued to pursue exclusively for about 15 years.  Although I no longer do much watercolor painting, I appreciate its unique qualities and continue as a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

After many years of painting transparently, the attraction of oil painting became too much to resist.  Inspired by the paintings of such amazing artists as John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin and Richard Schmid, I began painting in oils about 15 years ago. Now a devoted oil painter, I continue to explore the possibilities of this versatile medium.

I have lived (and painted) in Austin, Texas since 1979.