We were looking for colourful Spring flowers for this month's artist and found Peggy Davis to be a perfect fit. She did the following email interview with us...
Here are some rich, vibrant puzzle images that are irresistible for a lot of jigsaw puzzlers. Peggy is mostly self-taught and she goes to show us, with determination, an Artist can be just as competitive and successful as others. Here's how she accomplished her goals.
Q. For our Readers, which state do you live in?
Q. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, Markham, Illinois
Q. Did you travel a lot, and which images were created as a result of your travels?
I have done quite a bit of travelling and while not one piece of
mine is influenced by a specific trip or place, my over all style has been influenced by travelling. I love to visit art galleries and art walks when travelling, which sparks new thoughts and techniques in my work.
Q. How did you become interested in art licensing to jigsaw puzzles?
I actually was interested in art licensing in general. I have produced traditional wall art for many years, and for me, it was just a natural transition to also see my art on actual products. Furthermore, I started following other licensing artists to teach myself on how to accomplish that goal.
Q. What kind of education do you have that gives you the abilities to be so creative in your artwork?
I have always drawn and painted from about 5. The only actual formal education I have had is my 4 years of high school art. I had a very encouraging and inspiring art teacher at Bremen High. I still use a lot of the basic skills taught to me in those days today. Other than high school, I am self-teaching myself everyday by learning through books, studying historical and modern artwork. I also keep up on yearly and seasonal trends.
Q. This is a big ask....do you have ONE favorite?
I love them all differently, they are like children. Each one has their own little personalities and bright spots.
Q. Out of all your licensed images, do you know which image has sold the most puzzles?
So far my Ceaco puzzles "Peggy's Garden" a series of 3 are selling great. They are in local stores like, Walmart, Kohl's and Meijers. My Cobble Hill puzzles are just hitting stores, but can be found online.
Q. What did you do for a living before you decided to get into art licensing?
When raising my children, I was a part-time restaurant server. I
also, during those years, painted furniture, children's murals and painted theatrical sets which was great practice for the work I do now. Later on, I painted and sold my work on internet marketplaces as well as local art galleries.
Q. Who were/are your biggest influences and inspirations in the art licensing world?
Wow! There are so many talented artist's out there, and I have so
many favorites. If I had to pick a few, Janet Stever, Tara Reed, Jennifer Nilsson , Mary Swift and Beth Grove. I guess that's more than a few, but there are so many, I feel like I could go on and on.
Q. What products other than jigsaw puzzles have you licensed your artwork to?
I have work on fabric, wall tiles, night lights, cross stitch patterns,
rugs, pillows, yard flags, wall art prints etc.
Q. Does photography enter into your work?
Yes, absolutely, my phone is loaded with inspirational photos I have taken when my husband and I are out driving around. It's not uncommon at all for me to get out of the car and take an on sight photo. Also, I photograph my own gallery work to turn into digital art prints.
Q. Is your artwork digitally enhanced or hand-painted?
My gallery art is all hand-painted however in some of my licensing pieces I start off with everything hand-painted but then paint extra elements separately and then add them in randomly to
different pieces of my work in photoshop.
Q. Were you from an artistic family background?
My dad was crafty and I have recently found out my aunt Betty was a flower painter. My sister and a few nephews draw, so I guess you can say yes.
Q. Have you always identified yourself as an artist?
I have always felt like one, always wanted to be one but it took me years to actually finally allow myself to identify as an artist. FinallyIcansayyesIamafulltimeactualArtist. :)
Q. What is the average length of time it takes for you to create one image?
Each image is different. I have to go to designs I have developed that are "Peggy Style" pieces and I can put those out in a day or two. I have pieces that evolve over time and may sit awhile while I study them and then go back to them as I decide where the piece should go. Those can take weeks or even months. Then there are pieces that take a week or two. Each piece decides on its own how long it will take before I can completely call it done.
Q. Do you know how many puzzle images you have licensed over the years?
I am pretty new to puzzle licensing but currently have 5 out in stores, 2 in production and a few I'm in the process of creating.
Q. If a person was interested in doing the same work you do, what is the best advice you can give them?
My best advice is to keep painting and creating. I think most people think it happens overnight. Maybe for some but I think it takes about 2 years of constant work for your individual style that you are comfortable with to emerge. It's like playing piano: you don't become amazing in a week, it takes practice. Then start compiling your work into groups or collections and then start submitting to art licensing companies but only those that your work is compatible with. Don't shoot for everything but be targeted. You can do it on your own but to start having an agent helps. I am quite happy with my agent.
Q. We would also like to see/know how your 'work in progress' happens - are there images/stages that you can share?
Yes, see the video to the below.
Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company
Title: Shady Garden Puzzle
Artist: Peggy Davis
Pieces: 275 large size
Size: 24" x 18"
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