Art up close | Laurel Magazine

Written by: Donna Rhodes | Publish: July – 2022

For Peggy Marra, the natural world and its inhabitants are an endless source of wonder and inspiration.


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Peggy Marra was often in her own world, sketching and drawing, when, she says, “I was supposed to be careful in a class.” She started painting at the age of 16, visited Europe at 18 and 19 to immerse herself in the art world, and has been painting oils on canvas ever since. Three years in Greece, where she met her husband Mihalis, solidified her career as an artist. And for many years, until her husband passed away, they ran art galleries, first in a small community in Montreal, Canada, then in the affluent neighborhood of Sherbrook Street in Montreal and also in Boca Raton, Florida. The downside of running art galleries was that she had little time to paint. But when she sold the galleries after Mihalis’ death, she decided to dedicate at least three days a week at her Sapphire Valley home – which she’s owned for 19 years – to painting detailed, close-up, near-realistic images. widespread wildlife. in western North Carolina or out west, where she went on photographic excursions. Representing wildlife has become his passion. And, through her art, Marra strives to make people aware of the diverse and unique character of the animal she paints. In fact, the personalities and expressions of various animals and even birds are conveyed in rich, vibrant hues on large canvases. “I started painting bears, then I started focusing on wolves, bison, coyotes, mountain lions… I like to get closer to my art, show the facial details.” She also fulfills orders for pets and large animals, such as horses. His work is exhibited at the Summer House Design Center near Highlands and the Turning Leaf Gallery in Blue Ridge, Georgia. However, she says, “A lot of people who have my work and want more of my work just come to my studio to see what I’ve finished and what I’m working on.” It is a total immersion in the work. This is my passion. Nothing else happens except me, my canvas and my oils. You can view Peggy’s work at the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers Summer Colors Fine Art Show – July 23-24 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center – or visit peggymarra.com.

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