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 earned a B.A. in Music and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Chicago, and first took up photography while in graduate school. His interest in it persisted while he worked as a research Biochemist for five years and then moved on to a long career as an engineer, planner, and manager in the Telecommunications industry.
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 numerous galleries and exhibits in Phoenix and Sedona, and has been purchased by collectors worldwide.