Peggy Ferris

Studied art and design at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, Holland for two years.
Graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in Graphic Design/Packaging
Self-employed graphic designer in Santa Barbara from ‘83 – ‘03
Full time painter since ‘03.
Owns and operates Chaparral Studios, art studios and collaborative art space for personal work and workshops in the foothills of Santa Barbara.
Dug was also a Santa Barbara County Arts Commissioner for the Second District 2007 – 2019.

Artist Statement

As source material, the origins of my work are derived not so much from the museum of fine thought as the school of hard knocks: the street-born lessons, lives and experiences of everyman, raw and unedited, filled with the wabi sabi of perfect imperfection.

While moving about in a broad range of visual language within this arena, my work is tied together by gestural marks that reach to a core level of primal expression. An act dating back to the cavemen that perhaps simply states: I am. I exist. I am here.

As the artist I am the enabler of an expression that is pre-thought: a visceral response to observing with detachment what is, and being in it at the same time with the attenuating range of emotional reaction.

The process of creating my paintings replicates jumping into the chaos of modern living and then digging oneself out. A certain deftness of hand and eye is called upon to perform damage control:  honing a mass of underpainting  and scrawled marks to arrive at a pared down essense of quizzical shapes and marks derived from some experience or observation safely buried in the subsconscious.

Informed and influenced perhaps by her recent move to the rural foothills of Santa Barbara, the Forager Series’ scratchy forms, awkward shapes and minimal color layered, sanded and honed onto panels reflect the acres of austere chaparral surrounding her studio.

 

Peggy Ferris
“Pot o’ Gold”
30×30″ Acrylic/mm on panel
2017
$2800

Peggy Ferris
“Things and Thoughts”
30×30″ Acrylic/mm on panel
2017

$1500

Peggy Ferris
“Caper”
30×30″ Acrylic/mm on panel
2019

Peggy Ferris
“Castaway”
30×30″ Acrylic/mm on panel
2019

Peggy Ferris
“Drifter”
21×21″Acrylic/mixed media panel
2019

Peggy Ferris
“RandomAccess”
21×21″ Acrylic/mm on panel
2019

Peggy Ferris
“Rawhide”
30×30″ Acrylic/mm on panel
2017
$2,800