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Peggy Trigg Artist Biography

    Peggy works as a professional artist producing rich oil or acrylic paintings of the landscapes that surround her. She lives north of Taos in the community of Questa, NM.
     ”My primary focus when painting is the energy the land brings to me, not the actual depiction of the scene. I try to reflect my feelings for the landscape through the colors I use; most often reaching for strong, intense colors that reflect the high contrast of the late afternoon or early morning light. Loose, strong brush strokes deliver layers of lush colors over lush colors to create depth and texture. The energy of the colors, brushes and layering are what inspires me.”

    Peggy Trigg's love for the land springs from being raised in the high desert plateau country of New Mexico, on working cattle ranches. When not busy tending cattle she could be found making art. She sketched rough interpretive drawings with the help of her father’s thick surveyors pencil. Her penchant for direct, emotive reflection of her environment is still present in her current work. She brings the feelings of her observed experience directly to the canvas before you.

    Her education started in the Fine Arts department and ended with a degree in Art Education. She taught high school Advanced Placement art for 25 years and enjoyed the creativity and energy of her students. She has worked nonstop as an arts advocacy agent throughout her life by being in leaderships rolls like department leader to promote and grow the arts at the schools where she taught. She organized at least four shows yearly for her students thus giving them real life connections in the local art community.

    Now she is a successful full time artist with representation in five galleries including the Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts in Taos, La Mesa Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe and Jezebel Gallery in Madrid. She is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and has five large paintings in Public Arts Initiatives throughout New Mexico and Japan. She is consistently working to grow in her field by producing innovative and challenging work. She markets both her landscape series and intuitive abstract paintings with her personal moto of “two halves equal a whole”.

She is ever expanding her repertoire by entering exhibitions and displays and by taking workshops and classes. Finally, Peggy is the chairman for the grass roots, non-profit, Questa Creative Council. She is the lead community organizer for the Questa Studio Arts Tour and the Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival. In addition, she organizes and teaches numerous workshops and helps to plan and orchestrate local beautification projects including Questa Banners Series and Questa village Welcome Signs.

Selected Awards/Invitationals

2018, 2019, 2020: Fechin House Museum Invitational PAPNM
2019: Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival-1st Place Landscape
2019, 2020: Taos Lamp Post Banner Winner
2018, 2020: Wilder Nightingale August Featured Artist
2018: Solo Show at Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque
2018: Mariposa Gallery Featured Artist, May, Albuquerque, NM
2017: Weem’s Gallery Featured Artist, October, Albuquerque, NM
2017: TAC AIPP Invitational-Taos Artists in Public Spaces, Taos, NM
2016-2020: Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out, Fall and Spring, Santa Fe, NM
2017: Signature Members Status Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
2017: Escalante Canyon Lands Plein Air Competition “Third Place in Public
2016: Escalante Canyon Lands Plein Air Compétition “Artistic Excellence” Award
2016-18: Acclaimed Artist Series New Mexico and Surrounding States Public Art
2016: Albuquerque Sister City Art Purchase for 50th Anniversary Sasebo, Japan
2015: PAPNM Fall Color Passages Online Winner
2015, 19-2020: New Mexico Initiative, 1% For the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2014: Enchanted Lands Award- Best Depletion of Fire, Open Space Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2008: Take Another Look-1% for the Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2004: Land of Enchantment Small Paintings, NM Art League, Albuquerque, NM
Purchase Award, 2nd Place Award

Juried Exhibitions/Shows

2017: Los Gatos Plein Air Festival, Los Gatos, CA
2016-17: Thunderbird Artists Wine and Art Festival, Carefree, Az
2015-16: Taos Select, Taos, New Mexico
2015-16, 18, 2020: PAPNM Santa Fe Festival, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe New
2015: Rio Grande Balloon Festival Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2015-16, 18-19: PAPNM Juried Show, Santa Fe New Mexico
2015: Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2015: Pressing Through Time, TCA Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
2014: Enchanted Lands: Celebrating NM Public Lands, Open Space Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2014: Members Juried Self-Portrait Show, TCA Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
2000, 12, 14: “4 Walls, 4 Artist” Johnson’s of Madrid Gallery, Madrid, New Mexico
2012: 30th Invitational Theme Show, University Expression: Change, Weyrich Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2008: Take Another Look, Albuquerque Public 1% for the Arts, Open Space Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2001: Cherrycreek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado
2000: Invitational “Sometimes Landscapes Find You” Canyon Road Contemporary
Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999-00: Masterworks Of New Mexico, Expo Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1999-00: NM Arts and Crafts Fair, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1998-99: Southwest Arts Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1998: Northwest Pastel Society National Show, Everett, Washington


2020: Artists to Note:Southwest Art Magazine (April)
2019: Featured Artist Taos North, Tempo January
2016: Why This Painting Works: Outdoor Painter Magazine
2015: Past, Present and Future: Taos Tempo Newspaper
2008: Take Another Look: Art/Entertainment, Albuquerque Journal Newspaper
2000: Sometimes Lands Find You: Santa Fe, New Mexican Newspaper
2000: Pastel Revisited: Albuquerque Arts Newspaper


Public Arts

2020: Selection In Process
2016: Sister Cities Offices, Sasebo Japan
2016: Highland Theater, Albuquerque, NM
2016: Socorro Annex Building, Socorro, NM
2016: Lowell Elementary, Albuquerque, NM
2008: Albuquerque City Hall, Albuquerque, NM