Artist Peter Rashford began working in art at an early age. His mother created art and passed interest in the arts onto her son. She introduced and encouraged artistic skills. Peter majored in art and math at Clinton Central School, Clinton, NY. He received an Associate in Applied Science degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY, in 1977 majoring in Advertising, Design, and Production. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1979 majoring in Illustration. Peter has worked with publishers, advertising agencies, graphic design studios, offset printers, screen printers, and videographers. His activities have included many facets of printing and video production. “Midair Studio” produces and distributes limited edition prints and serigraphs, original art, and graphics. The business also offers illustration, murals, graphic design, and video production.
Peter has garnished numerous awards in art exhibitions. Such as pen and ink drawing titled "Castles Made of Sand" was awarded the 2012 Mary Garrison Memorial Award in the 21st Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art Show at the Cooperstown Art Association Gallery, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, NY. Charcoal drawing “Wise Likeness” was awarded 3rd Place in the juried Arts Exhibition at the 2011 New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY, in Fine Arts Division A - Professional Class / Graphics. Two works were exhibited in the 2010 New York State Fair. Pen and ink drawing “Castles Made of Sand” won 3rd Place in Fine Arts Division A - Professional Class / Graphics. Watercolor painting “Moment of Seclusion” won Honorable Mention in Fine Arts Division C - Professional Wildlife Art Class / Paintings. Watercolor painting “Autumn Twilight” was awarded one of five Artistic Merit Awards in the Utica Art Association 2011 Fall Exhibition at the Herkimer County Community College Cogar Gallery, Herkimer, N.Y. First Place award for “Wise Likeness” in the August 2010 Art Show at the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center, 106 Schuyler St., Boonville, NY. The Utica Public Library “Express Yourself Art Contest: 2010” awards the top five works of art out of sixty entries. Each year the art contest has a different theme. This year's theme was all Black and White Art produced in pencil, pen, or ink. First Place was awarded to Peter Rashford for “Castles Made of Sand.”
Peter exerts his artistic muscles in pen & ink, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, colored inks and pencils, airbrush, serigraphy, computer generated images, and animation. Although computer generated techniques are bountiful and intriguing, he prefers hand craftsmanship and the drawing table for art and illustration. He enjoys creating precision designs and drawings. He strives to use diverse subject matter and materials which require all his creative skill and craft, to invent a clean, innovative work of art. Designs may be hand draught, photo mechanically manipulated, digitally generated, or any combination of techniques. His art leans toward realistic landscapes and wildlife, fantasy, and a dab of abstract.