Peterson became a familiar face to her fellow snowbirds and spent many winters painting and exhibiting in Palm Beach, and also participated in shows in Miami and St. Petersburg. While the birds in her gouache painting Cockatoos are not a native species to Florida, like many parrots they were imported for the pet trade and became permanent additions to the state’s ecosystem either by escaping their handlers or through captive breeding programs at sanctuaries. The sunshine state’s palm trees and temperate climate offered ideal conditions for them to flourish and it’s possible that Peterson encountered the charming pair of sulphur-crested cockatoos at Miami’s Jungle Island, a preserve opened in 1936 for these colorful and sociable creatures. In addition to capturing her subjects’ personalities, the painting embodies Peterson’s bold palette and confident brushwork, and demonstrates her dexterity with the gouache medium.
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Jane Peterson estate sale, O. Rundle Gilbert Auctioneers, Ipswich, Massachusetts, August 1966
To private collection, Massachusetts
To private collection, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, by 2021
(verso of board in pencil) Rockport