Editor’s Note: This one of an ongoing series of articles about members of the Arts Guild of the Barrens.
Paulette Peil took up painting at age 62, when she attended an art show at the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce with a friend and found herself drawn to the activity.
“I looked at all of the artwork and thought, ‘This looks like so much fun,’ “ she said.
One of the paintings featured at the art show was by former Glasgow artist Jeff Dirig, who has since moved away. Betty Brogan, also a Glasgow artist, told Peil that she had taken painting classes from Dirig.
Peil signed up for the classes and studied with Dirig for about a year.
“Then I started taking some watercolor classes,” she said. “I haven’t learned to do that very well. I can use some of the things with watercolors to help with acrylics.”
Peil enjoys painting because it’s an escape from daily life.
“You forget about everything else in the world, all of your problems,” she said.
Peil had never thought about painting until she attended the art show four years ago.
“I was retired so I needed something to think about and keep my mind going,” she said.
Her favorite subject is flowers, but lately she has painted wildlife.
“It’s a challenge,” she said. “I’m not trained in doing any kind of wildlife. I just try to peck it out myself because I don’t have any instructors who teach you how to do wildlife. …
“I like learning to paint feathers and fur. Fur is a real challenge. I haven’t quite conquered fur that well, not like I would like to. I guess I try to be too realistic instead of just trying to put down colors.”
She also enjoys portraits and has finished two of her grandchildren. She’s also done some abstracts.
Looking back, she said she enjoys painting so much that she now believes that it was what she was destined to do.
“I enjoy it more than anything I’ve ever found in my life,” she said.
Art wasn’t offered when she was in high school, so, Peil became an elementary school teacher instead. She taught elementary education for 28 years, 22 of them in the Glasgow Independent Schools.
Peil doesn’t paint every day. Some days she just isn’t in the mood.
“I do it on days when I feel good and the sun is shining. It’s more inspiring when the weather is good,” she said.
Peil has exhibited her work at the Christeen Snavely Art Gallery at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center and has entered two paintings in the Edmonton State Bank art show at Western Kentucky University. She also displays her work at the WKU Glasgow campus, 212 On The Main, the Arts Guild of the Barrens art gallery on West Main Street and at Micqueal’s Bistro on East Main Street.
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