The colorful watercolors and gouache paintings of local artist Peggy Farrell are on display at the Bristol Area Library through Thursday, Feb. 28.
A resident of New Harbor, Farrell is largely self-taught and developed her talent attending local workshops and community education programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Art has always been a pursued interest of hers and has included exploring mediums such as stained glass and calligraphy. Farrell has painted in oils and spent a number of years studying decorative and tole painting techniques. But it is watercolor that has evolved as her favorite and most natural medium.
Maine is Farrell’s primary source of inspiration. There is no shortage of artistic stimulation from the coastal harbors, in the rolling farmlands, in the small villages, and in the changing seasons. She does most of her painting in her potting shed studio behind her New Harbor home. Farrell’s realistic and light-filled paintings reflect an appreciation for the landscape, its wildlife, and its distinctive architecture. With gardening as a favorite pastime, not surprisingly, a number of her paintings spotlight floral and garden themes.
Farrell’s work is represented in private collections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, California, and in the New England states.
Farrell is an active member of the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Pemaquid Point and has functioned as gallery manager for the last four seasons.
When asked why she paints, Farrell responds, “When I am painting, I’m just quietly me and I cherish that time.”
Visit her website at thepottingshedstudio.com.
Farrell’s art can be viewed during regular library hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 2-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The Bristol Area Library is located at 619 Old County Road, Pemaquid (Bristol).