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Michael Peterson Portrait

Michael Peterson

Also Known as: Michael J. Peterson, M. J. Peterson

Witchita Falls, Texas 1952

Photo Caption:
Photograph by Jean Peterson. Courtesy Michael Peterson.

Luce Artist Quote

"My work is about expressing the imagery and energy of the natural world through wood." Michael Peterson, 2003

Luce Artist Biography

Michael Peterson moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1975 and harvested wood in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. He compares the experience of gathering unusual burls and branches to "walking around in a sculpture garden." He began to experiment with woodworking and made carved objects and symmetrical vessels that emphasized the beauty of the wood. Peterson is inspired by nature, and his roughly turned objects are embellished with carvings and texture to evoke weathered bones, fossils, and stones.