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Peg Toliver

PegToliverFineArt

Eureka, IL

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Peg Toliver celebrates the natural world in her photographs and fiber art. She believes that aesthetic appreciation of our natural environment leads to personal healing and is essential for preserving wild lands. Using the camera to capture the flora and fauna of locales throughout the U.S., she prints some images straight from the camera to convey fleeting momentary impressions. Other photo captures are altered with digital technology and hand drawing to isolate the motifs which then become designs for prints, handmade books or silk textiles. Constantly experimenting with printing imagery on alternative surfaces, Peg is fascinated with exploring how digital technology can be blended with traditional art techniques.

Peg has a home studio in Eureka, Illinois and has been a resident artist at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria. She brings to her studio life a background in art history, philosophy and counseling psychology. From 1990-2000, she served as a faculty member in the Art Department at Eureka College where she was Coordinator of the Art Therapy Program, Lecturer in Art History and Curator of the College's Art Collection. Peg also has taught at Illinois Central College, managed the Peoria Art Guild's Gallery Store, and conducted therapeutic art workshops for clients at community social service agencies and wellness centers. In 2000 she established her design business Natural Imprints which aims at connecting people, art and nature.

Since 2007 Peg has been teaching yoga, and finds this holistic practice enhances her approach to studio art. She writes, "Yoga is about a way of seeing, opening up to the present possibilities of our body and mind. It requires that we accept ourselves unconditionally, yet work with our edges to expand beyond our present way of being. Art is about these things also; so the discipline of yoga helps to inform my creative practice as an artist."

 

Radiant Tree by Peg Toliver

 

Tiny Web by Peg Toliver

 

Woodland Bridge by Peg Toliver

 

Frozen Oak Silhouette by Peg Toliver

 

Blue Hydrangeas by Peg Toliver

 

Blue bells by Peg Toliver

 

Sepia Tulip by Peg Toliver

 

Sepia Tulip 2 by Peg Toliver

 

Winter Horse tails by Peg Toliver

 

Yellowstone Thermal Pool 3 by Peg Toliver

 

Yellowstone Thermal Pool 2 by Peg Toliver

 

Yellowstone Thermal Pool 1 by Peg Toliver

 

Bleeding Heart I by Peg Toliver

 

Sunshine Weed by Peg Toliver

 

Tree bud by Peg Toliver

 

Oak in Autum Woods by Peg Toliver

 

Beach Rock Tower Two by Peg Toliver

 

Farm Sunset by Peg Toliver

 

Aqua Lake Myst and Trees by Peg Toliver

 

Beach Driftwood I by Peg Toliver

 

Hand on Stone by Peg Toliver

 

Beach driftwood II by Peg Toliver

 

Dandelion Fairy Seeds by Peg Toliver

 

The Lone Path Taken by Peg Toliver

 

Floating Cottonwood Leaves by Peg Toliver

 

Concrete Man with Pipe by Peg Toliver

 

Deer Sculpture by Peg Toliver

 

Clothes line by Peg Toliver

 

Olympic Sunset by Peg Toliver

 

Live Oak with Moss by Peg Toliver

 

Biltmore Mansion by Peg Toliver

 

Fu Dog by Peg Toliver

 

Horse and Rider by Peg Toliver

 

Christmas Angel by Peg Toliver

 

Concrete Calf and Cow by Peg Toliver

 

Snow berries by Peg Toliver

 

Lichen mandala by Peg Toliver

 

White Feather by Peg Toliver

 

Evergreen by Peg Toliver

 

Red Sea Grape Leaf by Peg Toliver

 

Petunia Picket Fence by Peg Toliver

 

Chinese Lantern Skeleton by Peg Toliver