Stephanie Peters was born near Baltimore, Maryland. She spent her early childhood living on an Arabian horse farm in Harford County, Maryland. She grew up running around open fields and raising animals, including her three goats. During her adolescent years, she lived in the Washington D.C. area, and took full advantage of the free art museums and galleries of the region. Inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg and Alexander Calder, she began painting and drawing. Her early work was a reaction to political issues post September 11th, and her experience with animals.
She went on to complete a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art at The University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona in May 2009. After graduating, she spent several years traveling and finding her artistic voice. With a strong interest in nature and open spaces, she relocated to Camp Verde, Arizona in 2011, to help open a contemporary art gallery featuring local art.
Peters has found inspiration in the natural world since childhood. She has traveled to interesting places in order to have firsthand encounters like hiking with a herd of Desert Big Horn sheep or snorkeling with tropical fish. These events regularly inspire new work she creates in her studio, located in Sedona, Arizona.
In addition to her interest in animals, she also finds inspiration in the landscape and through natural processes such as volcanic eruptions. Her personal experience with natural cataclysms has been a recurring theme in her recent work. Her paintings on natural disasters were a response to the increasing severity of these events over the past ten years, and societies reaction.
In 2013, she was juried into Verde Valley Land Preservation’s ‘A River Runs Thru Us’ traveling art project that brought awareness to the Verde River. Her series on Natural Disasters was featured in the 2013F issue of Brand, an international art and design magazine. She was invited to be a guest speaker for Yavapai College’s OLLI Inside Creativity, and in 2014, she was invited to speak on an artist panel at Menlo College, California. Recently, her work was featured in articles for Prescott Kudos (January 2015), the Village View Sedona (April 2015), and the Natural Hazard Observer (July 2015.) In July 2015, she was invited to speak on a panel at the Natural Hazard Conference, hosted by the University of Colorado, for her series about Natural Disasters. In late 2015, she will be the artist of the month for the Powell Museum, in Page, AZ. Her work can be found in private collections worldwide.