I was born in Santa Fe and raised on cattle ranches outside the old mining towns of Cerrillos and Madrid in New Mexico. My first home was the Palace Hotel in downtown Cerrillos. As a youth, I spent most of my time taking care of livestock, riding horses and tending to the chores common to ranch life.
My love for the country is evident in my plein air work. I love to try to capture the spirit, or the energy of the place. An exact representation is not my goal. The essence of the land is what I strive for.
Peggy Trigg has spent her life playing in the visual arts. Whether producing her own artwork or helping young art students reach their potential, she has been working in the arts for over 30 years.
Possibly because of her teacher background, Peggy works in a number of media, including oil, acrylic, printmaking, and clay. She uses whatever medium best supports her ideas at the time. Recently retired, she is currently working in acrylic and oil.
Most of Peggy’s artwork centers on the landscape. Being raised on a ranch in Northern New Mexico instilled in Peggy a lifetime love for nature: “The quiet and peacefulness of the country inspire me.”
Public Art is also a art of Peggy’s portfolio. She is in the current selection of New Mexico artists to have their work placed in public spaces through New Mexico Arts.
In the past couple years her work was purchased by Albuquerque Sister City Foundation and was presented to Sasebo Japan for their 50th anniversary present. Her work can also be seen at Albuquerque City Hall, Highland Theater and Lowell Elementary, all in Albuquerque as well as the Socorro County Chambers building in Socorro, NM. Look for more of her artwork to be placed in 2019/20.
In the Plein Air movement, she recently received her Signature Status in the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and received a First PLace award at the Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival and an Artistic Excellence Award at the Escalante Plein Air Festival and was the featured artist in an editorial “Why This Works” in “Outdoor Painter” and a featured artist article in the Taos Tempo North for Jan, 2019.
Her work is shown in numerous galleries in New Mexico including La Mesa in Santa Fe, Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos, Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque.