B I O G R A P H Y
Peggy A. Brennan was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1962. Her artistic passion came to light at an early age winning her her first award by age five. An oil painting scholarship was awarded to Ms. Brennan in 1975 by the Ridgewood Art Institute, where she continued to study for many years. Peggy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and has studied oil painting with a number of internationally known artists. With over 20 years of professional experience and a nod toward the academic traditions of her realist predecessors, Brennan invigorates her still lifes and landscapes with contemporary sophistication by capturing her subjects’ most intriguing qualities through a careful and deliberate use of light and color.
Presenting a fresh look at the time-honored genres of still life and landscape oil painting, Brennan’s paintings focus on the individual vibrancy of each subject. Working in rich oils, Brennan both recreates and reinvents her sensory visual experiences of the natural world, infusing each of her subjects - colorful fruits, time-worn vessels, and everyday scenes with singular properties of light, lustre, texture, and color, as if celebrating their unique contribution to the vast palette of artistic exploration from which Brennan herself was first inspired. A sense of respect for the techniques of history’s celebrated painters, a sharp and candid eye for detail, and wonder at Nature’s polychromatic possibilities, all pervade Brennan’s work.
Peggy has spent 12 years as a successful production artist in the computer games industry, creating background art, interfaces, conceptual designs, and animations for clients which include Electronic Arts, The Learning Company, Computer Curriculum Corporation, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin USA. She has taught classes at The De Colores School of Fine Art in San Mateo, California, for many years as well as privately from her studio.
A member of Oil Painters of America, Peggy A. Brennan has had numerous exhibitions and is represented in private collections in the United States and Europe. She resides in Northern California on the San Francisco Peninsula where she maintains her studio. Peggy has been selected from among 13,000 entries as a “finalist” by The Artist’s Magazine's Annual Art Competition in both the Still Life and Landscape categories. Her work also appears in a Winter 2005 book release… “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals” - Volume 2, published by International Artist Publishing, Inc.