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In a park near my house is a field that I visited through summer and into fall. As the weeks passed, I noticed wildflower colors cycling from the pinks of thistles and clover to the gold of black-eyed Susans. I watched birds dart through the shrubs. I listened to the rushing sound of cottonwood leaves in the wind. And come one day, I found the field cut bare for winter. I’m drawn to landscapes; I love exploring them and finding their details. In my traditional and digital art, I look at how landscapes impact us and how we impact them. Our human activity has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment. We need to play an active role in our environment – since we already do. I look at how we travel through, live in, and change our landscapes, for better or for worse. But we get some things partly right. Restoration efforts like controlled burns and beaver dam analogs, though they have flaws, contain hope and care for our Earth. My abstract pieces often start with a jumble of colors and marks. Then I go and explore them, find their details, and build something hopeful.

Constructing, Changing

Megan Peterson

graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2020 with degrees in painting and writing. Peterson now works as a newspaper editor and layout designer. In the meantime, she explores colorful, abstract landscapes in traditional and digital media.


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