Jesse Peterson


Attended Art Students League, NYC
Art in public places, Juneau, AK
Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from St. Leo University @ St. Leo, FL
Judicial Law Clerk, Juneau. AK

High-quality prints of Jesse Peterson’s art mounted on foam board 18″ x 24″.

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Poster titles

Bouquet (watercolor)
Tropical sunrise (oil)
Self portrait (charcoal)
Figure study (pen & ink)
Tropical sunset (oil)
Boom (!) (colored pencil)
Still life (oil)
Fall rising (oil)
Ernest Croft Road (oil)
Central Park (charcoal)
Rose (oil)
Create (!) (colored pencil)
Chrysanthenum (oil)
Sunflowers (oil)
Palm Trees (chalk & ink)
photo 33 photo 42 photo 14 photo 13 photo 23  Photo_8 Photo_9 Photo_10 Photo_11 Photo_12 Photo_13 Photo_15 Photo_17 Photo_18 Photo_19 Photo-1 

Old Man (pencil)
Ernest Croft Road # 2 (oil)
Horse & Rider (oil)
Red Flowers (water color)
Oak tree (oil)
Blue Flowers (oil)
Sitting Nude (oil)
The Kiss (oil)
Self Portrait # 2(oil)
Yellow Rose (oil)
Sad Lady (oil)
Yellow Flowers (oil)
Ennui (oil)
Jazzy Lady (oil)
Fear (oil)
Storm (charcoal)





10 Responses to Jesse Peterson

  1. V R Peterson says:

    Jesse is the great grandson of the Lucky Swede and was born and raised in Juneau, AK.

  2. V R Peterson says:

    Some of Jesse’s unique art comes from real life as he observes it or from a photo. Others of Jesse’s art comes from the inner, or spiritual man. The oil of the two trees over the whitish looking road is from a photograph. In central Florida, we have equatorial heat, somewhat like places in Africa or the sub continent of India. The dirt in Florida, in many places, consists of millions of crushed diatomaceous animals who used to live on the ocean floor. That’s why the dirt appears white, it’s all skeletons of long dead shells.

    Jesse’s painting is very evocative of the heat in Florida. You can almost see the humidity, lurking like a lion, coming in behind the hundred year old Oak trees. The blast furnace of the summer sun is just coming up.

  3. V R Peterson says:

    The simple pencil sketch of the old man’s face, probably copied from a photo, is very much alive to my eyes. It looks like he is just ready to say something very wise or answer a question. This was a quick sketch, done in a matter of moments.

    The seated nude figure, on the other hand, took many hours of the artists time, turning her skin into porcelain or like silk. The skin tones are very well done and her persona shows too in her expression.

    The bottom right charcoal sketch of a storm at sea, with the little boat ready to be swallowed by the giant waves came entirely out of the artists imagination, which I thought was extremely clever. Also, one of the very top oil paintings of the tropical sunrise is an entirely imaginative painting. He didn’t even use photographs for either of these beauties.

  4. V R Peterson says:

    The two charming colored pencil sketches of Boom (!) and Create (!) are very original, I thought, and a have a wonderful sense of whimsy. Although made at different times, they seem to be two sides of one coin, artistically. The original sketches are only about the size of a regular piece of paper. Blowing them up and putting them on poster board really makes them ‘pop’ out.

    Interestingly, many of these works are enhanced and improved by turning them into posters. The Palm Trees, for instance, was just a small, rather dreamy sketch which he turned out, amazingly, I think, in under half an hour. It is a nice picture but blowing it up into poster size really makes it come to life. The artist has a sense of color uniquely his own.

    The charcoal sketch of Central Park is easily recognizable to anyone who has ever been there. Turning it into a poster has served to define it more clearly, as well as enlarging the original sketch.
    These posters are feather weight, made of light foam board and the images can be wiped off with a dry cloth. The can be made of differing sizes and the ones I originally made are now two years old and have virtually no wear and tear on them.

    Unlike original works of art, posters are much cheaper and just a lot of fun to have. My Lake Jovita sunrise from Johns art, I much prefer as a poster, as the colors are popped out and the whole image even more endearing as a poster than the original oil.

  5. V R Peterson says:

    One comment about The Kiss. This painting went through many changes and was completely redone numerous times. The first version was very recognizable as a kiss but each succeeding version got more interesting than the next. In fact, I liked them all. This last version you have to really look at it to see the kiss motif. His sense of color and form is outstanding.

    The oil entitled Fear shows just that, in my opinion. It is rather startling in its intensity. The oil entitled Ennui, meaning boredom in French, is also right there on that face. I don’t know how he is able to convey so much feeling in his art, especially in faces like these that are obviously not taken from life.

  6. V R Peterson says:

    The first charcoal self portrait is done about age 16. The second, oil self portrait is done about age 23. He has one younger self portrait and several more done since the second one. Most artists do multiple self portraits because of course, it’s so easy to get the model to sit still. Also, time changes people so the artist always has a new model. Both of these are accurate, although different aspects of the same person.

  7. V R Peterson says:

    There is a shadow image of a face in the first Ernest Croft oil of the two ancient oaks. There is also a shadow image in lower right of this same oil, showing slats of a chair the oil was sitting on while being photographed. The face is John. These effects would not be on any poster but I rather like them.

  8. V R Peterson says:

    The oil of the two oaks is actually a poster of the original oil. If an oil were being photographed, it would not show reflections that way. This poster about doubles the size of the original oil. If a person obtains an original oil, it must be framed and protected to keep it from harm. The posters, on the other hand, are fine with or without frames, can be of any size and easily moved to different rooms to suit the mood. They don’t need to be behind glass and are very versatile.

  9. V R Peterson says:

    The oil of the black stump on the hill entitled Fall Rising is a collaboration between John and Jesse. They worked on it over a few weeks time. We decided to offer prints as well as posters. The advantage of prints is they will be half the cost of the posters, cheaper to mail. They will be on good quality photo paper, suitable for matting and framing.

    John is also a wood worker and worked for years crafting polished wood alters. He will be offering personalized, hand made frames for all of this art. A nice frame greatly enhances any work of art. He will be making each frame, itself, as works of art. He plans to use some very original ideas for his frames. They will be a cut above a commercialized frames. In fact, as he has described them to me, I’ve never seen anything like his ideas of frames for sale in stores.

  10. V R Peterson says:

    The top set of images are photos of posters already made, except for the charcoal self portrait and the very amazing tropical sunset with bamboo. This is an oversized oil painting and the design totally came out of Jesse’s imagination ! The delicacy of the white tipped waves is just an extremely sensitive, you might even say, delicate portrayal of ocean waves.

    The bottom set of images are originals that have not yet been made into posters. The charcoal of the storm at sea shows the ocean in an entirely different mood, angry and tempestuous. Again, this work of art came entirely out of the artist’s imagination. One has to look very closely to see the boats and the sun in the corner. This tells me the artist must have an unbelievable imagination as both of these works took many hours of the artist’s time. I can see the tropical sunset as a wallpaper design, or blowing it up to fill one entire wall. One never gets tired of good art, well, at least I don’t.

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