I have been surrounded by art my entire life. My mother, Fay Peck, was a prolific artist and encouraged me at a young age to draw and paint. I often spent entire days emerged in her art studio telling my stories with paint on paper.
I am influenced by German Expressionism, primitive art, and by my own life experiences. My work is filled with larger-than-life grownups I met as a child, the people I met in my travels, and people that symbolically represent places and times in my life.
In my art I work to create an expressive world of color and emotion where anxiety, fear, pain and corruption often coexist with humor and hope. Though the images, at first glance, often represent a dark and aggressive world, they also reveal complex interpersonal relationships, aspirations and dreams.
You can chart my artistic life by many of my paintings, prints, and sculptures: life in Boston and the Lower East Side of New York City; my travels in Europe and Asia as well as the social world of my friends and family, from Chicago to Colorado to my current home in Bozeman, Montana where I have raised three daughters with my husband of twenty years, Todd Shea.
While living in Bozeman, I continue to make art daily. I have replaced my bustling, loud and crazy city scenes with playful papier mache trophy mounts and encaustic wax paintings on wood panels that represent Montana's more serene lifestyle.