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Carol Peek was born in Marin County and believes that the beauty of the local landscape influenced her decision to become an artist. Her love of horses led her to ride the hills during her childhood, spending summers on horseback exploring the scenes she now paints.
She began her art education at UC Santa Barbara, moved on to UC Berkeley where she studied with renowned artist Christopher Brown and from there went on to study at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA painting under Dan McCaw and Richard Bunkall. Carol graduated with honors in 1987. She has also studied at the Fechin Institute with Michael Lynch, Clyde Aspevig, and Mark Daily; at the Scottsdale Artist’s School with John Asaro and George Carlson and has also studied with Len Chmiel and Ned Jacob.
Upon graduation from Art Center, Carol went to work for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO for a short period. Anxious to get back to CA and paint full-time on her own work, she returned in 1989. Peek painted fulltime, documenting the quickly disappearing agricultural landscape in Marin and Sonoma counties, focusing on the family farms that once covered the area. Her calendars in the 1990’s of horses and cows from the area gave her international exposure early in her career.
Peek’s work has won numerous awards and she has taught at the Academy of Art in San Francisco as well as workshops on her own. Publication of her work includes: Art of the West, American Artist, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, Equine Images, The Artist’s Magazine and US Art. Several books on art, horses, and poetry also include her paintings.
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