Laurie Duff Peterson, born in Sacramento, raised in St. Louis moved to California after college in Denver. As an art major, Duffy worked with various mediums but always returned to oil painting as her preferred creative outlet. Duffy married in Southern California where she became interested in natural dyes and weaving. She took instruction from a Navajo woman and learned to weave her version of Navajo rugs. She also opened a small antique shop in Temecula, CA, in the old stone jail. After a transfer to the Bay Area, Duffy started a folk art business, painting wooden figures that were sold nationally. Another transfer, this time to Rochester, NY introduced her to the East Coast and a return to oil painting. During this time, Duffy and Chuck raised their two children, Elizabeth, now a nurse and Charlie, a professor of Art History. They each put up with hauling all of her supplies from pillar to post, tripping on easels and smelling paint! A move to Fort Collins reintroduced Duffy to the wide open spaces of the West where her painting began to simplify its forms and always using saturated color. Returning to Southern California, plein air painting became an important part of her artistic endeavors. And then, NEW MEXICO! In Las Vegas, NM, hopefully with no more moves in store, Duffy continues her study of painting at New Mexico Highlands University and has helped to create el Zócalo Art Gallery, a cooperative with over 20 regional artists. Duffy also teaches both children and adults as time permits.
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