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Peggy Richard

Biography
I hold a BA and MEd in art education and was an art teacher for 34 years for the Quabbin Regional School District and the Ashburnham-Westminster, MA School District. In 2013 my husband and I relocated to Sandwich on Cape Cod. I am a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Association, a member of the Sandwich Arts Alliance, Cotuit Center for the Arts, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. I study with Mary Moquin and Ed Chesnovitch at the Cape Cod Art Association. I have participated in many group exhibitions throughout Massachusetts and recently had my first solo show at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. My work can be seen at the Red River Gallery in Brewster MA, Creative Connections Gallery in Ashburnham MA, and the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable MA.
 
Artist Statement
"Go out, go out I beg you and taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child."
- Edna Jaques
 
I am fueled by my constant curiosity for the enduring cycles of life I find in nature, while exploring off the beaten path. Examples of persistent growth, adaptability, resiliency, and decay all call me to look closer. These examples can often become metaphors for human characteristics and experiences. My creative process starts with watercolor studies, photographs, as well as pencil and ink drawings. These preliminary images become the building blocks for the final painting. I utilize a variety of acrylic and water based mixed media techniques, often layering the painting surface to reach the desired effects.