January 15, 2009
article of January 12
meeting's guest speaker.
A Joyful Moment"
by Bonnie Kelso
Tuesday night VAG members were treated to a cheerful presentation by guild
member and watercolorist, Peg Lozier. Peg has 13 years of experience painting
in watercolors and it shows. She has won numerous awards for her stunning
portraits and narrative creations. As a young child, Peg poured over Mad
Magazines and Norman Rockwell Illustrations studying the many different
characters. Considered the “entertainer” of her family, facial
expression became a natural fascination of hers. Over the years, she has
created many commissioned portraits of people and animals. Her delicate
layers of pure color combined with her skillful drawing techniques with
the brush, produce rich skin tones (or fur) that radiate with life.
Peg has always loved images that can tell a story. She considers herself
primarily as an illustrator. She talked a little about how she will romanticize
her compositions to tell the story effectively. For example, a photograph
she took of a man wearing a John Deer cap at a popular road stop, was
successfully transformed through her watercolor painting into a fruit
vendor in Paris simply by altering his hat to a beret and relabeling a
crate. She mentioned how Norman Rockwell was often criticized for making
his scenes too perfect and wonderful; that they didn’t represent
life as it really was. That was when one of our guild members interjected
that he knew Norman Rockwell, and that he did in fact paint things that
he experienced. He often would have to use models later to reconstruct
the scene, but that the inspiration of the moment he was recreating was
indeed authentic. Peg agreed that these incredibly happy moments do happen,
and it’s just a matter of capturing their essence in a single image.
Peg lives here in Las Vegas and is still perfecting her craft. She has
begun to work in other mediums such as colored pencil, acrylics and oils.
Her excitement for what she does is contagious and we were pleased that
she was able to share her work and energy with us. Her presentation triggered
an open discussion among the group members about products and techniques
which was very helpful.
Peg’s work can be viewed on her website (www.peglozier.com)
and her commissioned portraits start at only $299. Peg also sells uniquely
hand painted furniture and you can shop for them online at www.peggitha.etsy.com