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Margaret (Peggy) Emily Anderson


Should I seek a term to describe my work, I would have to call it realistic expressionism because its descriptive subject matter is recognizable in nature; but had another term not been conscripted long since to describe work whose subject matter is non-objective, I would prefer to call it abstract expressionism. In other words, the formal elements of my work are abstract: the shapes, color, and gesture are orchestrated carefully and, for me, are indeed the actual subject matter of the painting, not the descriptive detail. I love to find those abstractions in nature which seem true to me in the moment --- the relationship of one thing to another, a dialogue between what is "out there" and what is within me. My painting mentors have been many, coming from various centuries, lands, and art disciplines, but I must mention Martha Graham, Duccio, Giotto, the Minoans, Johan Sebastian Bach, Cezanne, and Picasso. Would that I could touch the hems of their garments but, in the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, "What I do is me, for this I came."

Born in Texas,Peggy Anderson began her adult life as a dancer, teaching dance at The Brearley School in New York City. She studied painting with Harriet Fitzgerald, founding director of The Abingdon Square Painters in New York. She has held solo exhibitions in galleries and museums along the eastern seaboard and has participated in many group shows as well.She is represented in such permanent collections as Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Randolph-Macon College, Ferrum College, Hampden-Sydney College, The Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, all in Virginia; and the Hines Gallery of the Rocky Mount Arts Center, North Carolina. After many years of living in New York's West Village, Ms. Anderson has moved to Easthampton, Massachusetts. She makes frequent painting trips to Tuscany.

Among one-person exhibitions:Pacem in Terris,NYC; Randolph-Macon College; Randolph-Macon Woman's College;Ferrum College;The Abingdon Square Painters, Inc.; The First Presbyterian Church in NYC; The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History; Stratford College; Hampden-Sydney College. Among Group Shows: The Barzansky Galleries, NYC;The Gallery at Lincoln Center;The Abingdon Square Painter, Inc.;Westminster College;Longwood College;George Mason University;The Hines Gallery, NC.; Hampden-Sydney College. Represented in Permanent Collections:Randolph-Macon Woman's College; Randolph'Macon College; Longwood University; Ferrum College; Westminster College;The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; The Church of Gethsemane, NYC. President of The Abingdon Square Painters, 1984-2007;Member of the Board of the ASP, 1984-2009