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As a resident of the state of Maine for over twenty years, Dr. Amy Peters Wood has exhibited at many of the world’s finest art galleries and museums. From Between the Muse Gallery in Rockland, O’Farrel’s Gallery in Brunswick, to Maine Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport, she has exhibited both small and large-scale works throughout the state of Maine. Her paintings have been bought by Governors, Universities, private corporations and individuals. Wood has been accepted at several juried exhibits around the country. Her work has appeared in Maine Boats, Harbors and Homes, The Journal of the AVMA and other publications. She is currently exhibiting at Indigo Gallery in Beaufort, South Carolina and Art Nouvelle, Noumea, New Caledonia.
She possesses both a BS in zoology and a BA in studio art from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has attended Decordova Museum School and Rhode Island School of Design. Additionally, she holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University.
With her chemistry background, Wood mixes her own paint from ground pigments and the eggs laid by her hens. She uses the computer to make preliminary sketches for a painting, and watercolors for field work.
Wood lives with her boatbuilding husband, Philip Shelton, on an active salt-water farm in Georgetown Maine. In 2003, they returned from a global circumnavigation on board “Iwalani” a traditional gaff rigged sailboat they built together. The book, World Voyagers published by Book Orchard Press and winner of several book awards, chronicles their experiences through the use of poetry, prose, photos and paintings. 432pp ISBN 9781934117002
Maine College of Art 2010
Decordova Museum School 1978-1980
U Mass Amherst 1980-1982
Rhode Island School of Design 1985
2009, Art Buzz, Art Buzz (color)
2007, Shelton and Wood World Voyagers - The true story of a Veterinarian, a Renaissance man and Stewart the cat, Book Orchard, 432 pages (color)
2011 Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport Maine
2008 Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond House Gallery 660 Route 25A, St.James, NY 11780
1999 Chocolate Church, Bath Me. annual juried show
1999 Center for Contemporary Art Rockport, Me. “The Images form which Children’s Dreams are Made”
1998 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
1975 Massachusetts Secondary School System Annual Art Exhibit, Boston, Ma., juried show,
2000 The Red Piano Too, Beaufort South Carolina
2001 Indigo Gallery, Beaufort South Carolina
1998-2000 Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland Me.
1996-2000 O’Farrell’s Gallery, Brunswick, Me.
1994 “Works from A. Wood”, North Haven Gallery, North Haven Me.
1993 “Works from the Woods II”, North Haven Gallery, North Haven, M
1992 “Works from the Woods” North Haven Gallery, North Haven, Me
2009 Art Buzz International 2009 Collection
2006 Maine Boats Home and Harbors From turtles to Temperas the art of Peters Wood
Using egg tempera and unique pigments collected from around the world, my art reflects the unification of both the subatomic and physical world. Throughout my paintings, smaller scenes can be discerned, either with the aid of magnifying glasses or sometimes-special instrumentation. In some paintings, the small images together redefine the whole. Understanding my art requires either examination at a close level or stepping back to see the image in its entirety. Transcendence into the new realm of “relativistic-representationism”, the viewer redefines the space, time and quantum state of the imagery and materials used.
My husband, Philip Shelton, and I built a boat and sailed around the world, returning in 2003. I wanted to see animals in their native environment before human encroachment left no wild places. Leaving our lives behind for three years taught both of us tolerance, patience and acceptance. I now realize that living with animals is impossible if we cannot live with each other. I wrote the award winning book “World Voyagers” when we returned. Described by reviewers as a “written painting,” it goes into vivid detail describing our experiences sailing around the world during a turbulent period in the world’s history. Traveling and writing, taught me to view the world from a totally different perspective- my art became a reflection of this new viewpoint.
My life has been a continuous battle between the left hemisphere of my brain attacking the right. I have finally reached a truce between the warring parties and everyone, for the moment, seems content. My right brain paints. My left brain writes, spends two days a week chasing pets around an exam room, or performs surgery. I was one of the first artists in the country to paint outside the frame. My reason for doing this was to demonstrate that I am neither artist, writer, or veterinarian; I lie just outside all realms.
The artists N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parish, John Singer Sargent, and William Robinson have influenced my painting style. Most significantly, the aboriginal artists of Australia have played a large part in redefining my work with their pointillist paintings depicting aerial dreamscapes.
My recent paintings include works of people and places rarely seen: the tapetum of a cat, a secret reef in Fiji, a microscopic view of a South African flower. Imagery from sometimes surreal vantage points show that all sides of an object must be examined before its existence can be accepted. Aerial views of real places are transformed into other objects: the disappearing rainforest, a lion surrounded by urban humanity, knights battling in the British countryside. I want to show that our world is small and the beauty of it all lies in the differences and contrasts- between people, animals, lifestyles, and experiences. My paintings have also included hidden scenes- atypical animals hidden in foliage, or more recently tiny microscopic paintings painted either with binocular loupes or special pigments. These small scenes show that looking at the big picture can sometimes make you lose sight of details. The details of life define who you are.
I live on an island in Maine, at the end of a dead end road very near the edge of the earth, with my husband Philip Shelton. We build stuff. We grow or raise most of our own food and live simply. We do not waste anything. We do not watch TV. I am honest, selfish, prone to laziness, and am a poor caregiver. I hate shopping. I am nervous eating food I did not raise and kill myself. I make most of my own paint from the eggs of the chickens we raise. I read. I write. I move wood. I garden. We live on what we make, and make what we need to live. That is my life and my life the art.