Peggy Cook was born and raised near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. As a child, she always had a passion for painting and crafts. Through the encouragement of her parents, she started art classes at the age of twelve at a local art museum. Peggy also took drawing and painting classes at Westmoreland Community College in Greensburg Pennsylvania. Although the classes were beneficial, Peggy considers herself to be a self-taught artist. She has developed her own whimsy style described as primitive but contemporary.
Peggy moved to California in 1980 with her husband Bruce. They raised two daughters there and spent ten years living in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. After traveling through the Pacific Northwest, they fell in love with the area where they now reside, Blaine Washington.
Peggy and Bruce have been married for thirty three years and have two daughters, two cats and one grandson, Noah, five years of age (who by the way is a budding artist).
I am an acrylic painter. I love working with acrylics, the brighter the color the better. I think as an artist you look at the world around you a little different than others. Patterns and color are what motivate me. I love creating bright colorful, feel good paintings sometimes with a touch of humor.
My most frequent asked question is “how do you come up with you ideas”? That’s a hard one to answer. Sometimes it’s something someone says, could be a song on the radio, who knows, they just pop into my head.
My husband Bruce and I just spent five years traveling participating in some of the top fine art shows in the country. We’ve met many wonderful people and also spent a lot of time in our hometown of Pittsburgh visiting with family.
You can find my work at the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy in Sarasota, FL and Spot on Second Art Gallery in Delray Beach FL along with local art shows and festivals in the Northwest.