About Me

Peg is an oil painter who re-discovered her childhood love of painting in her attic in Mystic, CT around 1998 after a long illness had kept her out of work in the corporate world for several months.  Going back to painting and drawing, after many years ignoring the call of her creative soul, brought great joy and she began to work at her craft.  While living on the Connecticut shoreline, Peg was lucky enough to study on a part time basis with master artist Christopher Zhang.  She began painting realistically, mostly working on the human figure and portraits from life for several years..   After moving to the west, first to Arizona and then to Colorado, Peg was especially inspired by the beauty of nature and began to paint larger landscapes, seascapes and florals.  Peg fell in love with vibrant color and larger, looser brushstrokes.  Although she does an occasional portrait now and then, her inspiration primarily comes from the beauty of nature, seascapes, landscapes and especially flowers.  

"I am a passionate and joyful painter.  My free flowing work evokes the emotion and sensation that I perceive.

I feel the energy of the subject, and convey it through my brushes to the canvas.  In some ways, I feel like I  am an interpreter.  

Uniqueness of color in each piece reflects what I experience, matching color to reflect the mood of the scene.  My palette is ever changing and growing.

My painting displays a balance between boldness and sensitivity. 

I was trained in a very realistic tradition, but most recently, I have been exploring the space between the realistic and the abstract.   What is reality anyway when the light changes every second? 

Diverse subject matter is all inspiring to me: from the vastness of a sunset over the ocean, a toddler’s expression, a lemon that I can smell as I work.  All are beautiful and exciting to paint.  I am blessed to find beauty in small things and large, simple and complex.    

I am particularly inspired by the paintings of artists Degas, Cassat, Cezanne, and Fechin. 

Additionally, , I am an avid practitioner of  Reiki, yoga and meditation, which adds a spiritual and healing emphasis to my work.  My intention is to share joy, light and healing energy through my artwork.  

Bio

Peg is a lifelong artist who has worked in oils for the last twenty years.  She learned to paint under the tutelage of master artist Christopher Zhang at the New London Art Students League and the Lyme Art Association in Connecticut.  Peg primarily studied realistic figure and portrait painting from life models and still enjoys portrait work.   In C. Zhang’s tradition, Peg learned to use bold colors and strong brushstrokes.   Since moving to Arizona in 2016, Peg has been experimenting with more free flowing, impressionistic work.

Her landscape work has been exhibited at the District at Scottsdale, Arizona State University and at Art Intersection, Gilbert.  Peg’s work has previously been exhibited at Studio 33 Gallery and Granite St. Gallery  in New London and at the Lyme Art Association in CT.  

Peg grew up in Springfield, MA as the youngest of six children.  She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in English in 1984.  Peg has been married to her husband Jim, a research scientist,  for since 1989 and has three sons: Kevin, Ian and Colin.  In 2007, inspired by her sons' love of baseball, she illustrated and published “The Red Sox Activity Book” licensed by Major League Baseball.   This book led to a series of twenty titles that were published through 2016.    

Peg moved to Erie, CO in July, 2021 which is, about twenty minutes outside of Boulder, and loves to explore the vast natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.      She is a member of the North Boulder Arts District (NOBO), Scottsdale Artist League and ,the Arizona Art Alliance.

 

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