About Kris Peterson
This website is a clearing house to promote and sell a variety of creative work I do at home by hand and in the computer when I'm not teaching digital art in high school. I have a rich background in visual and digital art starting in 1987 when I was introduced to my first graphic design computer at a mom and pop printshop in Gatlinburg, TN and the rest is history. So let me introduce myself.
I moved to East Tennessee from Kansas in 1969. My parents, Dr. and Mrs. Marvin & Nancy Peterson and two brothers Chuck and David settled in Maryville, Tennessee. I graduated from University of Tennessee Knoxville with a BFA in Printmaking in 1982. After freelancing as a mural painter and portrait artist I switched careers and landed a job in the print industry as a sales/designer and through that connection ended up working at the Dollywood Marketing Dept. in Pigeon Forge, TN for 5 years as a graphic design assistant. After leaving Dollywood in 1995 I started a design business but my career took a big turn in 1998 when I starting teaching design at Pellissippi State Community College part time. I decided to go back to school and become a full time visual arts teacher. I now reside in Maryville, Tennessee and teach digital design to high school students.
Some of you may know me by the art work I was commissioned to do in the Maryville City Schools. My first mural job was at the Maryville High School Gymnasium and cafeteria. I did many beloved dog portraits and painted my last set of murals at West High Schools gym in Knoxville. Or you may have seen my freelance work at Dollywood for the theaters back in the 80s when I painted backdrops for "Fire on the Mountain" or "The 50s Show". Chances are I may have even airbrushed your T-shirt when you visited Gatlinburg in the late 70s.
Now I'm making films and getting back in the art studio knee deep in paint. You may see my work soon in a coffee shop or vintage record store near you. So glad you stopped by for a visit and hope you find something to add to your home that will give you joy. Blessings.