Peter Sheehan

Artist

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Peter Sheehan

Helen Gutfreund
Dan McCormack
Martha Klein
Jeffrey Goldman
David Wilkes
Jing Shuai
Tom Nolan
Matt Maley
David Holt
Barbara Holt
Martin Davis
Susan Slotnick
Alex Canelos
Laszlo Andacs
Lauree Feldman
Marcy Bernstein

About the Artist

I was raised in a literary artistic family of writers, photographers and painters: a childhood rich with stimulation. Although I always made art I was a gifted athlete in both football and ski racing. December, 1963 changed all that with a near fatal car accident. Partially recovered in summer of 1964 my parents took me to Paris to visit my brother. The trip rekindled my love of art and gave me a new way to pursue my life.

I received a B.A. from St. Michaels College with a minor in Art History. I attended the School of Visual Art in 1966 then moved to New Paltz in 1968 to obtain an MFA from SUNY. I exhibited in the five state area and won the prestigious Olivetti Award from Silvermine Art Guild in Connecticut. In 1971 I obtained an MFA in sculpture with a minor in Art History. I became a graduate teaching assistant at New Paltz and taught art and photography in a small college and high schools. In 1974 I began teaching painting and woodcraft at Wallkill Correctional Facility.

During this time I became involved in farming which became a form of sculpture to me. I took up painting and drawing to try to capture the colors of the green fields, plowed earth and mystery of the woods. I’m still engaged in that struggle today.

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