Artist Spotlight, Peggy's heART

Peggy's heART
Peggys heART
PoCo Inspired: Tell us a bit about yourself
Peggy : This is such a challenging question…what will you find interesting? I am a mixed media artist…I truly can’t decide which medium is my favorite!
I am a mom of 2 adult children and 2 adult step-children.
Spending time with the kids brings me joy…always full of laughter!
As a child, my delight came from exploring in nature…and kittens!
Now, my pet of choice is dogs.
I have a ridiculous shepherd cross who makes me laugh continuously!
I still love the outdoors and travel.
I’m an introvert, so being stuck at home during the pandemic was
AWESOME… (to a point!)
That is when I really began to take my art seriously.
I took and early “retirement” about 7 years ago by selling my nail supply and education business. Now I work in my husband’s business, handling special
events, and basically acting as his concierge!
PoCo Inspired: When did you first start making jewellery and what was the first piece you ever made?
Peggy : I always wanted to be an artist…but thought it was something that had to come naturally…and I didn’t have it! Then I began doing nails.
Nail enhancements and nail art were my specialty. I began to think “if I can do it on a nail, surely I can do it on a larger canvas!”
Just prior to selling my business, I started taking whatever classes I could. I think my first piece was a watercolor landscape.
Prior to making my first golf ball splash, inspired by Australian Resin artist and mentor Sue Findley, I decided that if I could succeed at that project, I would call myself an artist.
PoCo Inspired: What inspires your creativity when making a new piece of jewellery?
Peggy : EVERYTHING! I love texture and am constantly thinking about how I can recreate textures and depth into my pieces.
I view colors so differently than I used to.
It never ceases to amaze me all the different colors in nature!
Secondly, I would say is my purpose that drives me.
My purpose is giving back to the world…not just by creating beautiful things…but the profits of my art go to non-profit organizations such as child advocacy groups, dog rescues, food banks and so on.
My ultimate goal is to help create a stronger community.
PoCo Inspired: What is the single most important skill you have learned and why?
Peggy : PLAY!!!! I tend to view my work as precious, hoping it will be my next masterpiece, play it safe, make it perfect!
Looking at my work like an experiment, pushes me to think outside the box and pushes my skills to a higher level.
Experimenting makes me grow as an artist.
Some of my most experimental pieces have been some of my favorites!
(i.e. my poppy piece, golf ball splash.
PoCo Inspired: What challenges do you face in your work?
Peggy : So much art…not enough time!” I have so much fun exploring
different types of art including woodworking, acrylic painting, silver smithing, resin sculpting, resin pouring, working with dried flowers!
I am feeling the pressure to settle into a “body of works” …but I simply love variety!
Also, I really don’t like the “business” of art (like completing my website!)
I want to create because I love creating. I didn’t want another business.
PoCo Inspired: What is your biggest achievement so far in your business?
Peggy : My first live auction for charity was super stressful!
I lost so much sleep worrying about whether or not anyone would bid on my piece.
The auction ended up being exhilarating…complete with bidding wars!
My piece ended up selling for around $3000!
That was a huge affirming moment for me!
PoCo Inspired: Where can we find you to shop online or in-person?
Peggy : I’m just in the process of putting the finishing touches on my
So right now, the best way to find me is on Instagram @peggys.heart
Peggy's heART
Peggy's heART
Peggy's heART
Peggy's heART