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(Image: Peggy Woods)

Artist of the Week: Peggy Woods

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with different mediums?
Peggy Woods: I've been creating art most of my life, really, since childhood. I work primarily in watercolors these days — I love the challenge and purity of it. There's no covering up mistakes or going back!

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I work from photo references taken on my hikes and on the water in my kayak. There are often layers glazing with watercolor washes to create depth and rich colors.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from.
I love being in Nature, particularly here in the Pacific NW. My goal is to bring attention to ordinary scenes, making them extraordinary if I can. I like the idea of creating a sense of peace and calm and love of natural places.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Yes, definitely Nature. My favorite subjects are coastal images — water, rugged rocks and trees. I also love painting garden images and people out enjoying nature, particularly kids.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
They nearly all feel special, especially if I've poured hours and hours into them and heart and soul.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Perhaps growing up seeing the ocean in all its moods and colors each day — I became finely tuned to it at an early age. Sailing and swimming in the ocean made me even more aware of its moods and nuances.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
The Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley always has my work on hand, and the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes has my work when I have a show going there. Also online at I nearly always have something going on at my easel. Currently, I'm working on a Madrone reaching for the sky with a vista of water and islands below. It gives a soaring feeling and feels very optimistic and uplifting going into spring.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
With coconut milk. And for a treat, an iced mocha.