Jim Peterson grew up in northwestern New Mexico, and has lived on both coasts as well as in Illinois, Texas, Missouri, and many places in the West. He has been a photographer for over four decades. He earned two degrees (a BA in Music and a PhD in Biochemistry) from the University of Chicago, but after postdoctoral work left the academic world for a long and varied career in telecommunications and computer software. He worked in the Telecomm industry for over two decades, and held positions that ranged from highly technical assignments to planning and management roles.
Upon retirement, he redirected his energy to his lifelong artistic passion by starting a professional photography business. In addition, over the years he has given back to the community by serving as a board member for a total of nine different non-profit organizations. His fine art photography has been featured in many shows and galleries in Phoenix and Sedona, and has been purchased by collectors worldwide.