Peggy Banks

peggy banks profilePeggy Banks was born August 20 1953 in Baltimore Md.  She knew as a young girl that she wanted to be an artist. She won her first art contest when she was in elementary school. “ I recall vividly the feelings associated with that honor and knew this was something  that really resonated with me.”  But studying art formally was discouraged in her early years so she pursued nursing after high school.  Soon however the allure of art cast its spell and she embraced her life long dream.

 In the early 70’s  Under Zen master Hal Rieger from California, Peggy studied Raku at Arrowmont  where she developed  a kinship with organic processes . This was further enhanced when she studied under renowned artist Grady Kimsey at SCC whom she credits with sparking her interest in mixed media.   Graduating from the University  of Florida in 1984  with a BFA degree  she was introduced to a visiting gallery owner Raleigh LTD at her senior show and signed on with her the next week.  Raleigh  was a strong marketer for Banks in those early years and she credits her for helping to steer her career.. She had many thoughtful and inspirational teachers  but it was Grady who said all art should be provocative or evocative. “That pronouncement has stayed with me my whole artistic life and more than any other pearls of wisdom it has defined my path.”

Banks became a full time studio artist using art as her sole means of  support  traveling the art show circuit in Florida, the northeast and Midwest for  many years  participating in  over a hundred  art venues such as Disney Festival of the Masters, Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival, Las Olas Arts Festival,, Boca Museum, State Street Art Fare in Ann Arbor,  American Craft Museum Exhibitions in Baltimore and Atlanta, Columbus Festival of the Arts, Ohio, and Lincoln Center New York  to name a few…

She has been included in several museum and gallery exhibitions including the prestigious Tampa Museum of Art, ( Paper Works) Deland Museum of Art, ( Trappings) Ormond Memorial Museum, ( When the Spirit Moves) University of Florida Fine Arts Gallery , Fort Lauderdale Art Institute, Florida Craftsman Gallery,  Mount Dora Center for The Arts (  solo Exhibition) and The Casements Cultural Arts Center, Daytona Art League ( Color my World) and The Florida Women’s Museum.

Past Gallery representation includes Clay and Fibers in Taos, Pieces in Chicago,  Carmel by the Sea in California, Timothy’s  and  Albertson Peterson Winter Park,  Raleigh LTD  Wynwood Art District Miami, Woolf Gallery Deland and Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach.  Peggy has won numerous awards  including  4 Best in Shows, but she is most proud of being selected  and commissioned for  Art in Public Places. To her credit , she is part of the Daytona International Art and Public Place Collection, Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach Library, Port Orange Library, The Deland Courthouse Collection Lincoln Center  and the White House Washington D.C.

Peggy’s work is composed of  handmade paper using banana leaf fiber called abaca, hand dyed silk and copper.  This is from the Outside The Box series and was influenced by the jazz music of her husband George and his band mates. Improvisational jazz rhythms often permeate our home which is filled with art  and music at its center. One of my favorite quotes that synergizes  both art forms  is from   an inspirational  quote from Wasily Kandinsky. “ Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, and the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.  “

My Euro Series resulted from a trip with students and  friends to Europe on a tour  called The Artists of France and Spain. How could you come back from a trip like that and not be inspired? Each major piece reflects a garden, an architectural  fete, or as in as in Dancing with the Bull, Spain’s alluring Flamenco  is captured. Therefore, my art records my experiences through vivid memories of  faraway travels and close encounters  with those I love.

Peggy has dedicated the past 22 years teaching art  through the Volusia County Schools. My students have taught me as much as I have taught them .  I owe them much.  Through teaching I became a better artist. I was introduced to the world and led my students on numerous trips across Europe.  Travel has opened the world to me . It has been an inspiration to my art as much as my interest in music, nature and spirituality. We can choose the mark we want to make in this world. Why not make it restorative?  Art is the expression of your imagination,  a visual language and mine is my footprint  which weaves a tapestry of textures and colors, joy and elation,  peace and tranquility.   Please enjoy!!

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