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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."

 

Sarasota Sunset by Peg Toliver

 

Sarasota Sunset II by Peg Toliver

 

Sunset Door County by Peg Toliver

 

Sunset Pairs by Peg Toliver

 

Sunset Cloudscape by Peg Toliver

 

Sunset Boca Grande Florida by Peg Toliver

 

Snow Still Life by Peg Toliver

 

October Sumac by Peg Toliver

 

Glowing Lotus Pair by Peg Toliver

 

Zen Ripple and Rock shore by Peg Toliver

 

Sunset Geese Flight Lake Eureka by Peg Toliver

 

Lake Superior Rocks by Peg Toliver

 

Glowing Gold Lotus Center II by Peg Toliver

 

Glowing Gold Lotus Center I by Peg Toliver

 

Monkey Tree Spirit by Peg Toliver

 

Orchid Heart by Peg Toliver

 

Orchid and Palm by Peg Toliver

 

Magnolia Blossom by Peg Toliver

 

Lily Stigma by Peg Toliver

 

Organic Eggs by Peg Toliver

 

Weathered basket by Peg Toliver

 

Fu Dog II by Peg Toliver

 

Feet of the Buddha by Peg Toliver

 

Tropical Hearts by Peg Toliver

 

Caladium Leaf by Peg Toliver

 

Poppy by Peg Toliver

 

Orange Canna by Peg Toliver

 

Yellow Lotus by Peg Toliver

 

Monarch Butterfly by Peg Toliver

 

Opening Tree Buds by Peg Toliver

 

Ruffled Lily II by Peg Toliver

 

Canna Leaf by Peg Toliver

 

Ruffled Lily by Peg Toliver

 

Blue and Yellow Petunias by Peg Toliver

 

heron in sunset glow by Peg Toliver

 

Black Crowned Night Heron by Peg Toliver

 

Rhododendron and Ivy by Peg Toliver

 

Peacock feather by Peg Toliver

 

Carolina Dogwood Blossoms by Peg Toliver

 

Peacock I by Peg Toliver

 

Barrel Cactus by Peg Toliver

 

White Clematis Blossom by Peg Toliver

 

Sailboat Mast Reflection II by Peg Toliver

 

Sailboat Mast Reflection by Peg Toliver

 

Sailboat Reflection I by Peg Toliver

 

Lighted Bicycle Bayfield by Peg Toliver

 

Mimosa Over Swamp by Peg Toliver

 

Asian Tree Spirit by Peg Toliver