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Artist Peg Usner


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Biography


A native of New Orleans, Peg Usner focuses on plein air painting, creating art in the natural landscape.  She began painting on her own at 11 years old, and received her first formal training under Raymond Scully.  Peg received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (at Louisiana Tech, magna cum laude) and her Master of Arts in History (at the University of New Orleans).  Artist Phil Sandusky has mentored Peg in plein air techniques.  She favors landscapes and gardens that feature water and trees but also enjoys painting mountains and cityscapes.
 
Love of design and nature is evident in Peg’s professional and volunteer work. She was the first Artist in Residence at Longue Vue House and Gardens (2015 - 2018), and taught painting in that historic and beautiful setting. In September 2018, Longue Vue hosted her solo show “Impressions: NOLA, Northshore and Beyond”. The St. Tammany Art Association has been displaying Peg’s works since 1997, and featured her in a solo show entitled “The Intimacy of Plein Air Painting”, September 2017.  In January of that year, the Atrium Gallery at Christwood in Covington, Louisiana, also hosted a solo exhibition of her work in 2017. Louisiana Public Broadcasting featured Peg’s story in Season 5, Episode 502 edition of “Art Rocks”.  Peg participates annually in the Abita Springs “En Plein Air” and the New Iberia “Shadows on the Teche” plein air events.  She participates in art festivals, including Three Rivers, in Covington. Also, Peg illustrated David Campbell’s poetry book “Nature All Around Us” in 2017.
 
Having worked as a designer before and during her 23 year teaching career at Delgado College she achieved full professor, headed the Interior Design Department, and started the ASID student chapter. Peg spent 40 years as a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers [...]

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