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Peter E. Egeli


Egeli was born in Miami to a family of successful artists. His father was the Norwegian-American portrait painter Bjorn Egeli; his mother Lois was also an artist. In early childhood Peter began his study of painting and drawing; in his teens he studied painting at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C.

After a tour of duty in the Marine Corps, Egeli enrolled at the Maryland Institute (now the Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore. His principal instructor at the institute was Jacques Maroger and in his final year there Egeli won first prize in the Senior Concours. Upon graduating, he attended the Art Students League in New York and later George Washington University in Washington, D.C. From 1960 to 1967, he taught drawing and painting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Egeli’s portraits are displayed at the Pentagon, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the boardrooms of many Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and numerous federal courthouses and cabinet offices. Egeli also has a passion for painting maritime scenes; he is a charter member, fellow, and past president of the American Society of Marine Artists. His marine paintings are in numerous public and private collections.

Egeli works with his wife Elizabeth, also an artist, at their waterfront studio in southern Maryland most of the year, and in East Boothbay, Maine during the summer months. In 2015, he and his daughter Lisa exhibited their landscapes, maritime scenes, and wildlife studies in a show at the Chaney Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Portrait(s) by Peter E. Egeli

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