Art By Lerri -
About Lerri

Lerri is a visual artist, specialzing in acrylics, watercolor, and pastel representations of the natural world.

Artist Lerri Peterson
Photo by Clem Huhnke

I was born in Hawthorne, Ca and named after my dad. I was raised in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. Drawing, painting or any other type of creative endeavor is first and foremost in my life. I loved to create.

That creative light was almost snuffed out in the late ‘70’s when I had to endure a semester with a teacher whose narrow view on watercolor technique caused me to put my paints up for a dozen years. However, the spark of creativity is not to be so easily extinguished.

In the early ‘90’s I yielded to that need to create, and took a watercolor class through the local adult school, figuring if I didn’t like the teacher, I could quit! Instead, the flood doors were flung open, and I discovered that, ‘Yes, I could paint!’ and it wasn’t difficult at all.

Since then, I have branched out into acrylics, oils, pastels and graphite. Watercolor is my favorite though, anymore, it is hard to choose a favorite.

I love Nature in all its many facets, and that is primarily what I choose to paint. Whether it is the beautiful, barren landscapes of Death Valley, a stormy sea, quiet mountain lake, barnyard critters, my own pets, someone else’s pets, or the flowers, fruits and veggies from my garden, I can find beauty and wonder in it all, and a need to put that essence down in paint, pastel or pencil.

One of my teachers asked me what I was trying to ‘say’ with my art, I didn’t know how to answer at the time, because I had never thought art had to ‘say’ anything, but maybe all I want to say with my art, is there is a world of beauty around us, that Nature is art, and should be appreciated, celebrated and treasured  above all else.”

Now instead of taking classes, I am teaching classes in Acrylic, Drawing and Watercolor at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in Torrance. I encourage anyone who wants to draw or paint to take a class, you’ll be amazed at what you can do given a bit of time and patience with yourself. Remember: It’s just a piece of paper!


To find out about the classes Lerri teaches through the Torrance Parks and Rec. Department, go to: http://www.tprd/

For more of Lerri’s art visit The Artist’s Studio website at: