I just got news that one of my students, Peggy Just Peterson, a student at Sierra College was awarded a Hallberg Merit scholarship for her excellence and dedication to her chosen art medium. I am quite proud of Peggy and feel so fortunate that I was able to watch her passion and skill for art develop. Peggy quite spontaneously, decided to come along on a workshop I taught in Durfort, France, 2 weeks before the workshop was scheduled to begin. What I noticed about Peggy from the very beginning was that she had the ability to find joy in her early first adult attempts are painting and drawing. I remember very well, that she would laugh at her mistakes and did not worry about them. As the workshop week continued, Peggy's skills grew and she was a delight to teach.
When Peggy returned home she continued to study at Sierra College and discovered a passion for printmaking. I am so proud of her. She gave me the best compliment a teacher can get, she said I opened the door for her to art. I like being a door opener to art, it is a good mission to have. Here is what Peggy says about her artistic journey: