Artists of Note | Louise Peterson

Sculpted with love

Louise Peterson, Focus, bronze, 17 x 17 x 8.

Louise Peterson, Focus, bronze, 17 x 17 x 8.

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Louise Peterson’s journey to 
fine-art sculptor took her over an ocean and through the mountains of the American West. Born in England, Peterson studied classical ballet and found fascination in the human figure. Her father, a furniture designer, encouraged her in art, and she brought those influences with her to the United States in 1984, and to Santa Monica College, where she studied clay modeling. “I’ve taken lots of workshops, but I’m mostly self taught,” she says. “I just have a natural ability to see something and render it in clay.”

Peterson moved to the mountains of Colorado in 1998 and away from the human figure to the animal form. An animal lover with two Great Danes at the time, she focused her sculptures on her Danes in her small Colorado studio. “I love all the animals I live with—cats, horses, goats, and Great Danes,” she says. “I started sculpting the Great Danes, but now I am broadening into other animals.” The sculptor has won more than 100 awards and is a member in many sculpting and animal art groups. “I need to capture the personality of the animal in my clay,” she says. “When I’m working and I start talking to it, then I know it’s coming to life.” —Joe Kovack

Peterson is represented by Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC; Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket, MA; Dog & Horse Fine Art, Charleston, SC; Equidae Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY; Paderewski Fine Art, Beaver Creek, CO; Riverbank Arts, Stockton, NJ; SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO; Sportsman’s Gallery, Charleston, SC; Stockbridge Gallery, Hampshire, England; and

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