About Pegi Smith

PEGI SMITH (Artist Statement)

Within perhaps a summary of my own life's perspectives and observations (yet with no conscious agenda), I'm captivated by the creative process… swept up in the work… the medium, the opportunity.

My hope is that the final works will cause the viewer to immerse, and then to emerge with the initial design in tow… moving in and out…with an intentional choice to be there again and again. Energized by life's experiences and dreams of how it should, or could be if only….

While immersed in a project, there are times when I see it as primitive and at other times refined… regardless, I am pressed to move forward, aware of pending modifications… yet enjoying the expression of the moment… I work from the canvas… with no pre sketching… but a more innate exploration of my own inner space while being aware of the necessity to remain open to the spontaneous, hidden dimensions appearing and reappearing on the canvases… with an endless appreciation that color is such an obvious and important part of my life.

Am I discovering aspects of my own identity in the process… wondering is this about me? Maybe so… regardless, I am there and somehow absent, while the actual painting occurs. Appeared to and appealed to by the urgent necessity to cooperate with what is developing and yet making my own voice heard as a distant director of what must be the reluctant conclusion of that one work… if another is to begin…

Thank you for the privilege of sharing my work with you.

~ Pegi Smith

In addition to her exhibits, Pegi's work "On the Wings of Butterflys" appears on the cover of Balance of Fragile Things published by Ashland Creek Press, three of her works are in Suzanne Mathis McQueen's book 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks published by Tobacco Road Press, and "Dreaming in Colour" is on the label of "Shabobos" - raw, vegan & gluten-free treats from Organic Intervention.

Pegi Smith

Articles about Pegi:

Locals Guide
February, 2011

Ashland Magazine
Winter edition, 2007-08 [PDF 4 MB]
Oct. 12, 2006
Ashland Magazine
Winter edition, 2006 [PDF 350 KB]
Daily Tidings
Backpage, June 12, 2006