About the Artist :: Peter Yesis

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Peter Yesis’ paintings are rooted in realism but rendered in a softened style that leaves space for thought and reflection. His works do not flash with intensity, but rather, each canvas is a quiet invitation to sit down and enter the composition. You can return again and again to his work and find the comfort of belonging to it. Peter’s landscapes are a product of his love and respect for nature, but also an opportunity to participate in the beauty and natural energy of the Maine woods, waterways and terrain.

Having exhibited a natural artistic talent early in life, Peter initially sought training as an illustrator in the footsteps of Norman Rockwell and was taught by S. Allyn Schaeffer. “Allyn Schaeffer was the first person I ever met who earned his living as an artist. He introduced me to oil painting as fine art”. Not until reaching his fifties, however, did Peter begin serious work as a fine artist. He has studied outdoor plein air painting with national artists Debra Groesser and Stapleton Kearns. His early efforts brought success and recognition through juried exhibitions by the International Guild of Realism, Salon International, Oil Painters of America, the American Plains Artists and the C.M Russell Auction.

A native of New Jersey and a resident of Searsport, Maine, Peter works from his home studio painting in all four seasons. He has always valued capturing color and composition on the scene and is active in the Plein Air Painters of Maine. Water is Peter’s favorite element, and he never tires of capturing the unpredictability and splendor of Maine’s seascapes. He can frequently be found, paints in hand, clambering over rocks at Acadia, Schoodic Point, or standing on a narrow beach in Boothbay or the harbor in Camden and other coastal areas in pursuit of the most engaging view.

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