Peggy's work captures the serene beauty of California's coastline and inland valleys. Space, light and color are a few of the things she uses to capture the viewers interest.
Being centrally located offers the opportunity to head off in many directions for extended weekends of painting and photo opportunities.
Whether it is "plain air" or from her gallery/studio, the painting process starts out with charcoal sketches that eventually end up with the right composition. A series of paint layering ensues until the image she is trying to achieve is accomplished.
Peggy Brierton is primarily a self taught artist. With the use of acrylic paint and working with palette knives and brushes, Peggy's work shows attention to "open air " scenes. Working on canvas and paper gives her the opportunity to achieve the results she wants. Receiving guidance from artist groups, adult education classes and various workshops has aided her in creating her own style.
Along the way she has captured a part of history for future generations to enjoy. Unfortunately many of the locations she has painted have been lost to development.
Peggy has held one woman shows annually since 1987. She is a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and the Artists Guild of the Santa Ynez Valley.
In the fall of 2005, Peggy opened up Zaca Creek Art Gallery. "It offers me a place to create as well as show other artists' work.
Monday through Friday, she can be found finishing up on paintings that were inspired by her weekend trips.