Abstract painter and former graphic artist (and hellion!)
Good day, funky peeps! For this episode I sat down in the spacious new studio digs of abstract artist Peggy Ferris, who turned from two decades of graphic design business to focusing on abstract art, both in the hard edge style and gestural abstraction.
In this chat we dug deep into her past and unearthed some groovy stuff.
Peggy's new studio
How she starts (and finishes) a series
Her time at Art Center Pasadena and at the Royal Academy at the Hague
Being the only American at the Royal Academy
Living with Transcendental Meditators
Meditation as "recovery" from making art
Holland's policy of paying artists
The influence of pop artist Richard Smith
Working in Graphic Design and dealing with clients
Peggy Ferris' father's wanderlust and living in Long Island as a kid
Coming back to West Hollywood and becoming a "hellion"
Her time at UCSB
How a Wacom tablet and a tennis injury got her back into fine art
Adjusting her expectations to the reality of being an artist
How Santa Barbara is not a great town to sell art, but a great town for the artist lifestyle
The beginning of the Abstract 10
The next series?
Peggy's work can be found at her website.
She is currently showing as part of the Abstract 10 group show at MichaelKate Interiors.
Direct download: 14_014_Peggy_Ferris.mp3
-- posted at: 11:23pm PDT