Peg Usner | Artist

"Although I could get lost in the woods…. I am often lost in my paintings and art work"

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical

A native of New Orleans, Peg Usner now lives in Mandeville, Louisiana and is married to Mark Goldstein. She has two children and two grandchildren. She received her BFA (magna cum laude) in Interior Design from Louisiana Tech University, and an MA in History from the University of New Orleans. Peg worked as an interior designer at John Campbell Design Associates in Alexandria, Louisiana, and then for Clyde W. Smith Company in downtown New Orleans before teaching at Delgado Community College. She also maintained private clients, specializing in rendering and space planning.

Having moved across Lake Pontchartrain in 1991, Peg is enjoying her second career as an artist after twenty-three years of teaching at Delgado, where she was Professor and Head of the Interior Design Department. Peg also began and sponsored a student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). After her retirement in 2001, ASID established a scholarship in her name.

Peg has always been active in community service, beginning with volunteering in Girl Scouts and parent teacher organizations, and continuing through working on city sponsored volunteer committees. Notably, she has served on Mandeville's Parks and Parkways Commission, and now is on the board of Keep Mandeville Beautiful (KMB) where she has served for over fifteen years. With KMB, she designed the City's butterfly garden, and has worked on many other beautification projects. In 1993, Peg finished the Landscape Design Critics course and joined Town and Country Garden Club. In 2000, Peg completed the Master Gardener Program in St Tammany Parish. She has most recently become a member and co-president of the Mandeville ART Collaborative.

Peg is a longtime member of the St. Tammany Art Association, the American Society of Interior Designers, and Art for Madisonville. She has won awards for her art and design, and received accolades for her community service. Peg's artwork is available for purchase at STAA, Arabella in Mandeville, Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmakers in Covington. As of June 2015, her work of plein air painting in the Smoky Mountains is available at Gallery Zella in Bryson City, North Carolina.

Artist's Statement

Artistic endeavors have always been part of my life. My first big box of 48 crayons remains a tattered but prized possession that I have kept since starting to draw and color "outside the lines." I began painting when I was eleven years old. As a child, I visited the Northshore and was inspired by its wonderful natural setting, but I have always loved my historic and colorful home town of New Orleans.

My first art teacher was Raymond Scully, a well-loved New Orleans artist, whose studio was on Jackson Square in the French Quarter. In college at Louisiana Tech, I was taught by Mary Moffett, M. Douglas Walton, Phoebe H. Allen, Ed Pinkston, Albino Hinojosa, and Bob Berguson. They were excellent teachers from them I learned techniques in drawing, water color, collage, and oil painting.

After receiving a BFA in Interior Design, I worked as an interior designer at John Campbell Design Associates in Alexandria, Louisiana, and then for CWS Company in downtown New Orleans. Continuing my painting in oil, I also rendered interiors for private clients, designers, and architects using water color, marker, and pencil. I experimented with watercolor collage, moved to acrylic, and am back to working primarily in oil.

Besides art and design, my other love is being outside in nature. Gardening and hiking frame my outdoor activities. I integrate these into my plein air 'operation.' I am constantly scouting out sites for new paintings. Since 2010, I have found that the Smoky Mountains, our most frequent vacation destination, offers a new wealth of subjects.

In recent years my greatest influence has been New Orleans artist Phil Sandusky, who has inspired my love of plein air painting.

Selected Honors, Awards, and Exhibitions

June 2015 - present* Artist in Residence, Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana

April 2016 "Shadows on the Teche," Plein Air Exhibition, New Iberia, Louisiana

April 2016 Exhibited at En Plein Air, Abita Springs, Louisiana

December 2015 46th Annual River Road Show, Selected Artist, Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild

November 2015 Mandeville A.R.T. Collaborative, Art Studio Tour

May 2015 City of Mandeville, Artist of the Month

May 2015 Old Mandeville Historic Association, Mother's Day House Tour, plein air "From Northshore and NOLA", exhibition and painting demonstration

April 2015 Exhibited at En Plein Air, Abita Springs, Louisiana

April 2015 "Shadows on the Teche," Plein Air Exhibition, New Iberia, Louisiana

March 2015 Art for Madisonville, First Place, oil painting, for "Crescent City Connection II"

February 2015* Longue Vue House and Gardens, Plein Air Exhibition

September 2014 The Scotts, Mandeville, "Louisiana Scenes", solo exhibition

May 2014 Old Mandeville Historic Association, Mother's Day House Tour, exhibition and painting demonstration

May 2014 Arabella Fine Gifts and Home Decor, Mandeville, Louisiana, exhibition

May 2014* Louisiana Cultural Connection, Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmaker, Covington, Louisiana, solo exhibition of "Louisiana Landscapes and Structures"

April 2014 Exhibition at En Plein Air, Abita Springs, Louisiana

Fall 2014 Art for Madisonville, Third Place

November 2013 44th Annual River Road Show, Selected Artist, Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild

October 2013* St. Tammany Art Association sponsored - Phil Sandusky Workshop

September 2013 Daughters of Divine Providence, exhibition, Covington, Louisiana

August 2013* St. Tammany Homestead, Solo Summer Atrium Show, paintings and photographs

July 2013 St. Tammany Art Association, 48th National Juried Artists Exhibition, Honorable Mention, photograph, for "Sidewalk Chalk"

April 2013 Exhibition at En Plein Air, Abita Springs, Louisiana Curator's Award

April 2013 Arabella Fine Gifts and Home Decor, Mandeville, Louisiana, exhibition

March 2013 Lacombe Art Guild, Honorable Mention

February 2013 Art for Madisonville, Second Place

October 2012* Louisiana Cultural Connection benefitting NAMI of St. Tammany, solo exhibition at Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmaker, Covington, Louisiana

September 2012 Lacombe Art Guild, Second Place, photograph

September 2012 Lacombe Art Guild, Third Place, photograph

February 2012 Art for Madisonville, Second Place, photograph

2012 Covington Trailhead Solo Exhibition

2012 Louisiana Artists Gallery, Birds Exhibition

June 2011 Madisonville Marketplace, Summer Show, featured artist, Madisonville, Louisiana

2011 Art for Madisonville, Third Place

October 2010 American Society of Interior Designs, South Central Region, Design Award-Bronze, for "Bartlett Glen Cove Cabin"

May 2010 Best in Show, A Work of Art Gallery

October 2009* Speakeasy Too, "Un Petit Aperçu de France," solo exhibition of 40 drawings of France

January 2006 City of Mandeville, Artist of the Month exhibition

April 2005 City of Mandeville, pen and ink sketches, proceeds to Keep Mandeville Beautiful

2001 St. Tammany Art Association, Ashes to Art Exhibition

2001 "Veiled reflections," 2001 STAA Juried exhibition

1997 St. Tammany Art Association, Juried Show

* Important Shows/Influences