About Peggy Ellis
Peggy Ellis spent childhood summers in Avalon, New Jersey, a breezy spit of land off the Atlantic coast. It was a child’s paradise. She swam, sailed and watched her father, renowned artist Ray Ellis, paint her world. His contagious enthusiasm eventually led her to study watercolors and oils on her own, while also taking every opportunity to paint by Ray’s side and absorb his invaluable tips.
Eventually, life took Peggy from the Boston area to the Carolina Low Country, where dreamy clouds and panoramic beaches brought back sweet memories of the shore. She went from painting snowy, New England farm scenes to capturing the sunlit dunes and back bays so reminiscent of her childhood. Her painterly style in oil has evolved by adding palette knife techniques, a perfect fit to her fascination with clouds. Watercolor, Peggy’s first love, offers another side of feeling and spontaneity to her body of work. She is fortunate to be able to gravitate between the two. Her home studio has a panoramic view of Charleston’s downtown harbor, where pelicans and gulls soar by while sailboats gather to race below. Rising each morning at dawn to catch the sunrise out her window, Peggy never lacks inspiration for her next painting.
Offering painting classes at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston and other regional venues is a mutually rewarding endeavor for Peggy and her many students. Information on upcoming opportunities can be found under “Workshops” on her website.