Dorothy Peterson is one of Roswell’s most respected living artists and teachers. Originally from Moriarty, Peterson has been in Roswell for more than 30 years. Educated at the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas, Permian Basin, she is a master of watercolor painting, deftly combining layers of colors and textures to create compositions that celebrate New Mexico’s unique sense of place. Drawing on art history, archaeology and personal experience, Peterson’s works celebrate the joy of creative expression. As a teacher, Peterson has dedicated herself to the creative enrichment of Roswell and its surrounding communities, offering courses at the New Mexico Military Institute, ENMU-Roswell, and RMAC itself. She has also taught in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and at Ghost Ranch.
This exhibit will honor Peterson’s dedication to both her art and the New Mexico community through a selection of her work. From landscapes to still life, Peterson’s paintings span a range of subject matter, underscoring her mastery of this challenging medium. What all these works share, however, is a love for the history, geography and cultures of New Mexico.
Image: Dorothy Peterson, The Landman, 2014, watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the Artist.