Peterson, who sold her first works of art while still in high school, went on to study fine art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and continued her studies through classes and workshops with such nationally known artists as Cheng Khee Chee, Zoltan Szabo, and Raleigh Kinney. After taking a short hiatus during the busiest years of raising 11 children with her husband Aaron, Peterson’s recent work in landscape has been well received.

Travel and studying world cultures continues to be an inspiration for Peterson, who currently resides in rural Dassel, Minnesota. A 5-country tour of Europe was especially stimulating. Peterson talked about her experience, “Seeing in person the work of some of my favorite artists, particularly the Impressionists, was a indescribable thrill. I was struck by the way art has visually illustrated civilization’s progression from antiquity to present day.

As a child growing up on the edge of the Smokey Hills in northern Minnesota, Lynda Peterson had an irresistible urge to “make things,” to the point of adding color and embellishment to newspaper ads and margins. Today she recognizes that drive to create as a need to visually express the spectrum of life experiences.