Born in Marin County, Carol Peek believes that the beauty of the local landscape as well as her mother’s passion for art influenced her decision to become an artist. Her love of horses led her to draw them as well as ride the hills during her childhood, spending summers on horseback exploring the scenes she now paints.
Peek has studied art at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where she graduated with honors in 1987. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California where she has also taught classes in the undergraduate school. Peek has also studied at Grand Central Academy in New York City, the Fechin Institute in Taos, NM, and The Vermont Studio Center.
Upon graduation from Art Center, Carol Peek went to work for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO for a short period of time. Anxious to get back to California and paint full-time on her own work, she returned in 1989 documenting in paint, the quickly disappearing agricultural landscape in Marin and Sonoma counties, focusing on the family farms that once covered the area. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums from San Francisco to New York City for the past 25 years. Her calendars in the 1990’s of horses and of cows gave her international exposure early in her career.
Peek’s work has won numerous awards and has been featured in publications such as: Antiques Magazine, Art of the West, American Artist, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, Equine Images, The Artist’s Magazine and US Art. Several books on art, horses, and poetry also feature her paintings.
Carol’s website is: http://carolpeek.com/
2017. Oil on linen, 6″ x 8″. Framed in No. 143.8—2 1/4” with gilt slip. In quartersawn white oak (black wash). $1,600.