Peg Wells

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Artist Peg Wells has a nursing background. Some of the fundamental values that drive art — compassion, humanity, empathy, creativity, and expression — are the very same values that influence nursing. The creation of art is a beautiful vehicle for nurses, whether the goal is to unwind, replenish the soul, or share the nursing experience with the world. Proof that nursing and creative mindsets can live harmoniously.

Psychologists recently reviewed the extent to which Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, members of the Royal Society and US National Academy of Sciences, and members of the US public reported engaging in arts and crafts-based pursuits. They found that members of the Royal Society and National Academy of Sciences were almost twice as likely to report engaging in arts and crafts pursuits as the public. As Einstein noted, "The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

I married a naval officer, and we traveled to many countries and states. We settled in Oregon a couple of years ago. I started my artistic journey first on the potter's wheel, then into tile making and designs. When I was first introduced to Encaustics, I knew I had found my niche. Painting with fire enables me to introduce my travel experience into my designs. I have started using Cold Wax, also.

Encaustic allows me to create a broad range of surface effects that can be luminous, highly colored, and opaque. It lets me bring the past into the present and explore fragments from my travels in the U.S.A., Spain, and the Orient.

I was honored to have my artwork chosen for the National Global Warming exhibit at the Encaustic Gallery in Santa Fe in 2020.

Fun Fact: I have family ties with the founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show.

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