It helps, too, that he and his wife have family in the area.
Ahead of Peterson's move comes a glimpse of his artwork at The Sisters restaurant in Everett.
Along with two large canvases, window paintings cover the walls at the popular lunch spot at 2804 Grand Ave.
Window paintings? Peterson takes old framed windows and paints in reverse on the glass, so that when you turn it around, it appears as if the painting is on a canvas against the glass. It's a different approach, a complicated and intriguing technique and a free style that is earning him notice up and down the West Coast.
His figurative work focuses on birds and fish, with side trips to see wild and domesticated animals, old vehicles and rural scenes.
Peterson's work has been shown in galleries in Seattle, Portland and Newport, Ore., where he lives currently, as well as in the San Francisco area.
Mostly self-taught, Peterson, 32, said he grew up enjoying art and music, but was inspired in his early 20s by the work of his friend, American Indian painter Rick Bartow.
"I love Newport and the Oregon coast, but it's time to move to a bigger population base," Peterson said. "My dad lives in Mukilteo, and I really like it here."
Peterson said he is happy to get his foot in the door with his show at The Sisters.
"I am excited to be showing work in Everett," he said. "Thrilled."
To take a look at Peterson at work on a window, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehZbLw6S-zk.
Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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