February 2 - March 23, 2012
Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery
(left) "Cane River September (detail)" by Peggy Root.
(right) "Hemlocks at Trout Lake," by Peggy Root.
Currently living in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Peggy Root grew up in Florida and North Carolina. She studied at Ringling School of Art and Design (1977-1980), and studied figure painting and anatomy at Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut (1984-1987). Peggy Root has spent the last 25 years painting the landscape of the Eastern United States. She has had many solo exhibitions in the Northeast and South and has exhibited in numerous invitational group shows. She works in oil directly from life on location, generally working on large canvases in two-hour sessions, returning to the site at the same time on successive days to develop the painting. Her work is in private and corporate collections throughout the country. About her work she states, “I feel deeply privileged to experience the rigorous and invigorating process of making an on-the-spot painting. I work quickly, moving around shapes and color, always striving to make a solid construction that most simply and elegantly states the significance of the scene.”