Peggy Robertson - Oil
By Peggy Robertson
From early childhood Peggy remembers spending most of her time outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, her family returned to the states when she was four years old. Whether she was living in South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland or California, she always managed to find a forest, meadow or stream to explore. Drawing was her other passion. She would take plants back to her room and draw for hours. At school she was always drawing character sketches, winning art contests or doing the bulletin boards for her teachers.
She had an excellent art teacher in high school who motivated her to go to summer school at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington D. C. where she learned to stretch her first canvas and studied the masters at the national gallery. She attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a double major in Fine Art and Education. Summers were spent studying art in Mexico City at the University of Americas and working and painting in Jackson Hole Wyoming. In 1969 she worked in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts where she belonged to the Edgartown Art Society.
For the next 12 years she was a teacher in Newport Beach, California. She taught art in Junior High the last 5 years to 180 students a day. At night she studied at the University of California for 5 years. During the summers she would go to Maui to work. In 1970 she joined the Lahaina Art Society selling art under the Banyan tree with a dream that someday she would retire in Maui.
She also spent a summer studying etching and watercolor at San Diego State and went to Europe visiting every art museum she could. One Easter break she took students to Peru, Guatemala and Mexico to study the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans, painting watercolors along the way. She also studied African Art in South Africa and Zimbabwe and native Crafts in Maui through La Vern University. In 1981 she got married and moved to Silverado Canyon where she wrote plays, children's books and was President of the Silverado Art Society called Fresh A.I. R. Finally in 1997 she moved permanently to Lahaina and rejoined the Lahaina Art Society.
She enjoys working in pen and ink, pastels, watercolor, ceramics and etching but her favorite media is oil. She is happiest painting seascapes, landscapes, trees, plants or flowers as long as it has something to do with nature. Peggy has two children, which are her greatest source of pride. Her favorite quote is, "Enjoy every moment, this is not a dress rehearsal!"