“Forest Reverie,” Paintings by Peggy Richard
Presented in the Saben Board Room Gallery from May 26- June 19, “Forest Reverie” is a collection of paintings focusing on the emotional response to woodland subjects.
My creativity is fueled by my constant curiosity and respect for the wonders I observe while spending time in nature. In my recent work, I am attempting to translate my strong emotional response to woodland subjects. My childhood love for the woods, and sense of place there has gratefully followed me into adulthood. I am especially attracted to the wide variety of lifecycles that I witness. At times, metaphors can be found in observing these rhythms of nature, in scenes of new growth, persistence, adaptability, resiliency, tranquility and decay. The forest has a lot to teach me.
“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you are connected to everything.”
My process starts with photographs, as well as plein air studies and sketchbook drawings that help me to achieve the desired composition. I enjoy the constant visual problem-solving challenges that go into managing shape, value, color, line and mark making. Some paintings are created quickly while others take months to complete. I know I have finished a painting when the atmosphere is right.
I hold a BA and MEd in Art Education and taught in north central Massachusetts before relocating to Cape Cod in 2013. I am a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Center and have memberships in the Sandwich Arts Alliance, the Falmouth Art Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. In recent years, I have studied with Mary Moquin and Ed Chesnovitch. I enjoy exhibiting in a variety of venues.
2021 First Place – Class Act, Cape Cod Art Center
2020 Best Atmosphere – Autumn Juried Show, Falmouth Art Center
2019 Best of Show – All Work Square Juried Show, Creative Arts Center Chatham
2019 Honorable Mention – My Happy Place Juried Member Show, Cape Cod Art Center
2019 Honorable Mention – All New England Juried Show, Cape Cod Art Center
2019 First Place – Opposite Attracts Juried Show, Cape Cod Art Center
2018 Best of Show – National Juried Show, Cape Cod Art Center
2018 First Place – Exploration Juried Member Show, Cape Cod Art Center