Hesse, Peggy

A native of New Orleans, graduate of Newcomb College and Tulane University Graduate School, I have worked most of my adult life in creative fields as interior designer, renovator, builder, and teacher. A lifetime art collector, I have recently returned to my first love of creating beautiful images through drawing and painting. The coastal areas of Louisiana and Mississippi with their atmospheric light and expressive live oaks and peaceful tidal marshes continue to inspire me today. Lately i have sought these places with an increased sense of urgency as they remain under threat from both natural disasters and manmade destruction in the name of ‘progress.’

I am not at all interested in hyperrealism. What I want to convey is the deep soul truth of the scene, the emotion it stirs in me, the surreal song of light dancing. I take great joy in painting from the heart and allowing each piece to evolve in the art process. I hope that my works serve to document moments that the painter Robert Henri in his book ‘The Art Spirit’ called “states of higher awareness.” Of these moments, Henri wrote, “The pictures are a witness.”

Exhibiting artist, juried state wide show, 12th and 9th annual Louisiana Fine Arts showcase, curated by the Southeastern University Dept. Fine Art.
Exhibiting artist Covington juried Bicentennial Show, 2014.
Juried Member Women Painters of the South East.
Exhibiting artist National juried show St Tammany Art association, 2015.

Exhibitng artist, Annual Plein Air in Abita  Springs Invitational Show, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Exhibiting artist, Fountainbleau en Pleni air, 2009.

Exhibiting artist Garden District Gallery, New Orleans, La, 2009.

Exhibiting artist, The City Club Gallery, Lafyette, La, 2009.

Cover and Artist Profile, ‘Covington’ magazine, February, 2009.

Featured Artist, Fort Isabel Gallery, Covington, La, November, 2008.

Exhibiting artist, Fort Isabel Gallery, Covington,LA, 2008-2009.

Exhibiting artist, Gallery 3 Plus, Lafayette,LA, 2008.

Juried Active Member, Degas Pastel Society, 2008.

Exhibiting artist in juried shows including:

3rd. Annual Abita Springs en Plein Air, April 2010.

The Language of Flowers, Garden District Gallery, December 2009.

Inaugural Show: Fountainbleau en Plen Air, December 2009.

The Garden Disirict en Plein Air, September 26-October 31, 2009.

Fall for Art, Covington,La, 2009.
Plein Air in Abita Springs Invitational 2009;
Shadows on the Teche ‘en plein air’ 2009;
The Big Easel juried show, Lafayette, LA, May, 2009;
Southern Open 2008, Lafayette,LA;
Water Consciousness 2008, Grand Isle,LA;
43rd. Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Show 2008, Alexandria,LA;
New Orleans Academy of Fine Art Plein Aire Show 2008, by invitation;
Plein Aire in Abita Springs Invitational 2008;
Many Faces of Portraiture, September 1-30,2008, STAA, Covington,LA.

Exhibiting artist in www.nolartstudio.com with Bernard Mattox, Sarah Dunn, Robin Hamaker,etc, and other area artists, 2007.

Instructor in oil painting at the Water Street Pottery School, Madisonville,LA, 2007.

Exhibited in the annual juried Art and Soul, Natchez, MS, 2007.

Exhibited in Indigo Gallery, Monroe,LA, 2007.

Taught after school art project to ‘at risk’ students in public school in Hammond,LA, 2002-2003.

“Collage: an Art Experience’ juried show in Pass Christian, MS, 1999 and 2000.