Peggy Flanders is primarily
self-taught. Her training started in earliest childhood drawing
extensively and progressing to her paintings of today. Born and
raised in western Kansas, she spent most of her childhood in the
country developing a strong feeling for and love of nature.
Training came mostly from
studying the works of the Old Masters, the Impressionists, as well
as other favorite artists. She studied the Old Master’s glazing
technique for a year under the instruction of Don Cincone, a modern
day master. Her style can best be described as a mix between the
Old Masters and the Impressionists. Primary mediums are oils and
pastels with various other mediums used at times. Subject matter is
very diverse but she is most noted for her works reflecting Native
Americans and portraiture.
Style and selection of medium
depends upon the feeling of what the subject dictates to her. Works
are approached on an individual basis with no set formulation only
trying to adhere to the principle of fine art composition and
Favorite Renoir quote “I have no rules and no
methods; anyone can look at my materials or watch how I paint – he
will see that I have no secrets. ….. Nowadays they want to explain
everything. But if they could explain a picture, it wouldn’t be
art. ….. The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in
itself, carry you away.”
Each subject speaks to her in
its own way showing her the manner in which it should be presented.
Many times the paintings seem to paint themselves and sometimes take
different turns from the original concepts.
She believes “God gives us
each individual talents. I feel mine is in art. I hope to always
be learning and striving to better my talent with each painting and
also hope to never be complacent or content with the degree of skill
I may have achieved – always working harder to do better.”