Peggy Jemison began painting at the age of 11. She enjoyed watching Bill Alexander and Bob Ross; rarely missing an episode. Her mother bought her a set of oils for Christmas, and an artist was born. She began by emulating a Bob Ross 'happy little tree' style. Her early work was basic but showed promise. Peggy continued painting through her high school years; taking art classes.
Early painting 1980
Growing up in Washington state Peggy was surrounded by the beauty of the Cascades, the Olympic mountains, and the stunning views of the Puget Sound. Spending her early years camping with family nurtured her love of nature.
During the late 80's, Peggy moved to Cody Wyoming, where she painted on the boardwalk for tourists, and sold hand beaded jewelry. Peggy's love of nature deepened while riding horseback in the backcountry of Northwest Wyoming; drinking in the stunning views as she rode up into untouched country.
Peggy was still struggling to put on canvas what she saw in her mind, everything she painted said 'Bob Ross', she wanted her paintings to say...’I know that work! that was painted by Peggy’. Discouraged, she put her brushes away and focused on her career in the corporate world.
Her Sister Christi, also an artist, came to visit her in California in 2001. Christi would become a huge influence on Peggy's work. Sitting outside on a cliff, overlooking the tiny town of Clayton way down below, the sisters painted together. Christi taught Peggy that a beautiful painting does not happen overnight, it is not a race to the finish, but a journey to the end. Peggy learned to take her time adding the small details that she would become known for.
Peggy painted the last of her oil paintings in late 2010. Winters Deep Chill would be the last. Switching to acrylic paint and falling in love with the ability to paint the fine details with out long periods of drying time that oils required.
Winters Deep Chill oil painted 2010
Everywhere life took her she found beauty; From Bluebonnets of the Texas hill Country, to the towering redwoods of northern California, and Brilliant sunsets over the Square Butte outside of Great Falls, Montana.
Texas Hill Country painted 2011 ~ Majestic Moose in Autumn Painted 2015 (Sold) ~ Sunset over Square Butte. Painted 2014 (sold)
In 2014 Peggy had her first Showing of her work at the Columbus Center in Great Falls Montana and opened a Studio to teach anyone that wanted to learn how to paint.
Images clockwise from top, 1. First Showing 2. Second Showing 3. Display case of my painting on wood 4. Painting class Sunflowers 5. Gerbera Daisy class student work 6. Birthday party Class.
2016 Peggy moved back to her home state of Washington, to be closer to Family. In 2017 Peggy married her Sweetheart Cornelius Jemison, They settled down in Centralia WA. Her husband is known for his beautiful wood work.
My husband and fellow artist trying his hand at painting for the first time. First painting as Peggy Jemison
2019 Peggy is working on "Along the River" 30"x24"