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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.
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 is currently being exhibited at the District at Scottsdale, and has also been shown at Arizona State University in Phoenix 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 twenty nine years 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 currently lives in Phoenix, around the corner from South Mountain Preserve, and loves to enjoy the vast natural beauty of the desert trails. She is a member of the Scottsdale Artist League and the Arizona Art Alliance.
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