Victorian Village of Ferndale, California

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

580 Main Street

The Dog Artist, Watercolor

Venerable Elk, Watercolor, 2014

Venerable Dog, Serigraph

I work in both watercolor and print techniques to create whimsical, kimono-clad animals. When I am not painting, I employ a technique known as serigraphy to create my work. It is a handprint process in which I push ink through a stencil onto paper. The stencil is mounted on a fabric mesh, which is mounted on a wooden frame. Each successive color in a print requires its own stencil and is printed separately. The process demands weeks or even months to complete an image.

As to the imagery, I began painting my dog while I was a student at Humboldt State University in the 1970s. The dog had actually saved me from an intruder and I painted several pieces in homage to my dog, Bazooka. I continued to use the dog as a model while I worked on a master's degree in printmaking at CSU Chico, but there, I began to use the dog to characterize myself, my life and experiences; an attribute known as anthropomorphism. Over the years, I have used several dogs and cats to represent my loved ones, my friends and myself. Recently, I have begun to incorporate outdoor wildlife such as great blue herons, eagles, and Roosevelt Elk.

My prints and paintings are shown extensively and are included in numerous collections; among them the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the University of California, Davis and the UNICEF Restoration Project, Krakow, Poland. I am a member of the California Society of Printmakers.

I consider myself fortunate to live on the North Coast with my husband, Mike, our four cats, and my dog model, Gracie.

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Samarai Bear, Watercolor, 2017

The Four Caballeros, Serigraph

Great Blue Heron, Serigraph

Dog In Kimono, Serigraph

‚ÄčPeggy Jane Murray, Watercolor and Serigraphy