Jane peterson was born, Jennie Christine Peterson, in Elgin, Illinois; however, she changed her name to “Jane” in 1894 after graduating from high school. In 1895, she moved to New York to study at the Pratt Institute. There she studied with Arthur Wesley Dow, teaching painting herself there before graduating in 1901. She also studied with Frank Dumond and Henry B. Snell at the Art Students League and was the drawing supervisor. of Brooklyn Public Schools. In 1907, she traveled to Europe where she studied with Frank Brangwyn (London), Jacques Emile Blanche and André L’Hôte (Paris). Her solo exhibition at the Société des Artistes Français in 1908 led an admirer to organize another exhibition of her work at the St. Botolph club in Boston in 1909. She made a second trip to Europe in 1909 where she spent time with Joaquin Sorolla in Madrid, Spain, followed by a solo trip to North Africa, visiting Egypt and Algiers in 1910. Upon his return, Peterson organized a solo exhibition of his European works at the Art Institute of Chicago . In 1912-13, Peterson taught in Elmira, NY, at the Art Students League and Maryland Institute in Baltimore, as well as as a drawing supervisor for Brooklyn Public Schools. During World War I, Peterson painted war-related subjects that benefited Liberty Loans and the American Red Cross. In 1916, at the invitation of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Peterson accompanied Tiffany on a transcontinental journey to explore the Americas and the Pacific Northwest, followed by an exhibition of works she painted during a travel. Subsequently, she settled in Gloucester, MA and painted scenes in Martha’s Vineyard, and in Ogunquit and Rockport, ME. With the exception of a hiatus during World War I, Peterson made annual trips to Europe and visited Turkey in 1924. Peterson was a member of many arts organizations, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Association of Women Artists, the New York Society of Painters, the American Federation of Arts, Allied Artists of America, Artists League of America, Miami Art League, New York Watercolor Club, and Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited widely, including the National Academy of Design (1908-1932); Chicago Art Institute (1910, 1915-1928); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1910-1929); Brooklyn Arts Association (1912); Biennials of the Corcoran Gallery (1914 -1937); Panama-Pacific Exhibition (1915); Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (1916, prize); National Association of Women Artists (1919, price and 1927, price); Florida Society of Artists (1938, award); Gloucester Soc. Artists (1955, price); Gloucester Society of Artists (1955, price); American Artists Professional League (1955, award) and North Shore Artists Association (1960).