My artistic younger sister, Audrey Pfizenmaier, encouraged me to take up art in my mid-50s. Audrey encouraged me to take lessons from a local art teacher who offered art lessons for people of all ages.
Together we enjoyed traveling to art workshops in Stockton, Kansas; Halsey, Nebraska; and Bend, Oregon to attend a workshop by English artist Ron Ranson.
I love creating beautiful paintings of nature, portraits, and family members. Most of my inspiration comes from the natural beauty of the rural Kansas landscape that surrounds my home. When I’m holding a brush and palette, I’m thinking of the subject I am painting and feel close to nature or the person whose portrait I am painting. It’s almost a form of prayer or meditation.
My other passion is sewing and quilting. I learned how to sew before I attended grade school and eventually became an expert at creating countless articles of clothing for myself and my family. I made my first quilt before I started high school. I have made full size quilts, lap size quilts, and baby quilts for my entire family.
My husband is Delmar Peterson and our children are Joan Kahrs, Steven Peterson, and Michael Peterson. I also have seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
“I would recommend that everyone should at least give themselves the opportunity to explore their artistic side. Painting has given me so much joy that I can’t really put into words. I am very happy that I listened to my sister and picked up that first brush and tried putting paint on a canvas just to see what would happen.”
Picture Above: The watercolor painting titled "Evening Glow" is the house located on 511 Crawford in Clay Center, KS.