One of Door County artist Charles L. Peterson’s favorite subjects is the sea. A life-long sailor, maritime images have dominated his art, and this spring, one of Peterson’s seafaring watercolors has been selected to participate in the 30th Mystic Seaport Museum Maritime Gallery’s annual exhibit in Connecticut.
“This really is an honor, and I am very pleased that one of my paintings was accepted,” said Peterson. “This is a juried show and the artists who submit their work are from all over the world. To be included with these artists is very special.”
Peterson’s 2009 Mystic Seaport Museum Maritime Gallery’s entry is entitled “Silence.” Based on his wife’s relative Benjamin Doane of Nova Scotia, the painting depicts whale hunters and the moment of intense silence before the harpoon is spent. The painting also includes an approaching ship, which is on exhibit at the Mystic Seaport.
His watercolors, pencil drawings, ink and gouache, and limited edition prints have earned him a national, as well as international reputation. The recipient of numerous awards, Peterson was first recognized for his sea-themed paintings with an invitation to participate in Mystic Maritime Museum Gallery’s initial International exhibit in 1983. His 2006 entry was purchased for the museum’s private collection.
A selection of Charles L. Peterson’s artwork is available in Door County at Cottage Row Framing & Gallery. For more information call 920.868.2626.