Peggy Conrad grew up in Moscow, Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho. She later moved to the Chicago
area where she obtained a graduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University and taught. She has studied and
painted, mainly in watercolor, for many years. She now again lives in Moscow, Idaho.
Peggy is a member of Palouse Watercolor Socius, Idaho Watercolor Society and the Spokane Watercolor Society. She studied with Joan Hasselman, a well known artist in Illinois, for several years. She has taken workshops or classes with a number of gifted artists, including Donna Jill Witty, John Salminen, Stephen Quiller, Kiff Holland, Linda Wallace, Elizabeth Kincaid and Roberta Tiemann.
Peggy has exhibited work in many area shows. Her work has often been seen in Moscow’s Third Street Gallery exhibits, in Palouse Watercolor Socius shows, Idaho Watercolor Society North Region displays, and in the Spokane Watercolor Society shows. Peggy’s work was also chosen for the 2004 and 2005 Idaho Paints Idaho juried shows. Paintings have also been selected for the Idaho Watercolor Society juried shows and then traveling shows in 2006 and 2007. She received a Second Place Award in the 2005 juried show from that organization. Peggy’s paintings were selected for the Spokane Watercolor Society juried show in fall, 2006, in the fall, 2007 show and again in the fall, 2008 show. She won the Windsor Newton Award in the 2007 show and the Graham Award in the 2008 show.
Peggy won the 2nd Place Award in the 2010 Spokane Watercolor Society's Members' Juried Show, in 2011 the First Place Award in the Spokane Watercolor Society's Members' Juried Show, and the First Place Award in the Spokane Watercolor Society's Members' Juried Show in 2012. She won the First Place Award in the Palouse Watercolor Socius Members' Juried Show in 2011 and 2012.
Peggy’s paintings often start with her camera. She particularly enjoys photographing subjects that are made interesting by the way light falls on them. Parts of photos are used for drawings that can be turned into interesting paintings. Peggy feels fortunate to be living in the Palouse where the landscape changes on a daily basis, providing wonderful subjects for painting.