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I’m an artist who explores drawing and painting in acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil and linoleum block. The influence of my parents together with my own experience has shaped a style that is sui generis.

I’m a lifelong student of visual artist John H. Stermer, my father (see biography at www.johnstermer.com). Drawing and painting since childhood, my training has largely been through observation, practice and discussions with my father. Composition, form and color dominated the discussions. While painting, I was encouraged to observe, experiment and draw, draw, then draw some more. My mother, Lucianna Stermer, contributed a sense of humor to drawing. The result is a style that, I believe, is truly “of it’s own kind”.

I’m a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Montana Watercolor Society. I am a Bronze member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and an associate of the National Watercolor Society.

Vision:

My favorite subject is my imagination. I like to take images that I see in life and re-arrange them in a new way. I purposely begin many paintings with random bursts of colors so I will not try to be strictly realistic. Then, I enjoy the challenge of working my imagination and the subject to create a work that looks “right”, or the way it ought to be.

Margaret “Peggy” Stermer-Cox

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Biography

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In 2002, I began working as a watercolor painter after retiring from a career in the United States Army. However, my art training started as a child. As a daughter of New Mexico artist John H. Stermer, I grew up seeing and studying paintings every day. My father taught me through his work. His influence is seen in my use of color and line in my paintings.

My art studies have been self-guided. I use books, community classes and workshops as my teachers. Instructors include watercolor artists Frank Webb, Barbara Nechis, and Caroline Buchanan. One of my best learning experiences has been when I taught watercolor painting in my local community of Ocean Shores, WA. My current residence is Talent, Oregon.

I have shown my works in galleries, juried, group and solo shows in Washington, Oregon, Montana and New Mexico. My paintings are in private collections in the west, New York and Norway.

I am a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Montana Watercolor Society; a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon; and an associate member of the National Watercolor Society. I have served as a show juror; I volunteered as gallery and show curator. In 2011, I served on the Northwest Watercolor Society board as Awards Chair.

Exhibits and Publications

2016 Linda Vista Care Center, Ashland, OR
2016 Rogue River Herbal Pain Management Center, Rogue River, OR
2015 RCC Invitational, Firehouse Gallery, Grants Pass, OR
2015 GoodBean Coffee, Jacksonville, OR
2015 Deschutes Gallery, RVM, Medford OR
2015 Boulevard Coffee, Ashland OR
2011 Mermaid Cove, Ocean Shores, WA
2010 – 2011 The Book Hut, Ocean Shores, WA
2006 – 2007 Coldwell Banker Building, Ocean Shores, WA
2006 Caffé Amici, Ocean Shores, WA
2006 Clyde & Sylvia’s Frame’s and Things, Aberdeen, WA
2005 Colored Pencil Society, Members Show, Bothell, WA
2005 Stermer Family Art Show, Silver City, NM
2004 Pangea Restaurant, Ashland, OR
2003 – 2004 Grey Gull Resort, Ocean Shores, WA
2002 – 2004 Realty World Building, Ocean Shores, WA
2001 Edward Jones Offices, Ocean Shores, WA

Publications:
“Journeys To Abstraction, Vol 2”, Sue St. John, Publisher, soft cover book, 2015
“A Walk Into Abstracts, Volume 3”, Sue St. John, Publisher, e-book; 2011
Senior Sunset Times Cover ; September 2006

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Galleries

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2013 – 2014: Art and Soul Gallery
2011 – 2012: Mermaid Cove, Ocean Shores, WA
2010 – 2011: Artist Showcase Gallery, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
2008: Shearwater Gallery, Seaside, OR
2007: Land’s End Gallery, Ocean Shores, WA
2006: The Muse Gallery, Ocean Shores, WA
2005 – 2006: Pacific Arts Studio, Pacific Beach, WA
2003 – 2004: 369Up Gallery, Ashland, OR

Awards

2015 Watercolor Society of Oregon Sprint Exhibition Fourth Place
2015 California Watercolor Association 45th Natl Ex – Catalog Cover
2014 Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Exhibition Award of Merit
2013 Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Exhibition Award of Distinction
2011 Montana Watercolor Society Juried Show Board Award
2011 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores (AAOS) Open Show Honorable Mention
2005 AAOS Juried Show Honorable Mention
2003 AAOS Juried Show 2nd Place, Abstract
2002 AAOS Open Show:  1st Place, Abstract; 1st Place, Animal; Honorable Mention, Landscape.

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Juried Shows

2016 Watercolor Society of Oregon, Spring Exhibition, Silverton OR

2015 Watercolor Society of Oregon, Spring Exhibition, Newport OR
2015 California Watercolor Assoc 45th Nat’l Exhibition, Pleasanton CA

2014 Watercolor Society of Oregon, Fall Exhibition, Medford OR
2014 Northwest Watercolor Society 74th Int’l Open Exhibition Seattle WA

2013 Watercolor Society of Oregon, Fall Exhibition, Bandon OR
2013 Watercolor Society of Oregon, Spring Exhibition, Albany OR

2012 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried Show, Ocean Shores WA

2011 Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibition, Seattle, WA
2011 Montana Watercolor Society Watermedia 2011, Bigfork, MT
2011 Port Townsend / Expressions Northwest Show, Port Townsend, WA
2011 Sequim Arts Juried Show, Sequim, WA

2010 Montana Watercolor Society Watermedia 2010, Bigfork, MT
2010 Port Townsend / Expressions Northwest Show, Port Townsend, WA
2010 Collective Visions Gallery Juried Show, Bremerton, WA

2009 Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Exhibition, Bothell, WA
2009 Montana Watercolor Society Juried Art Exhibition, Kalispell, MT
2009 Peninsula Art League Seventh Annual Juried Show, Gig Harbor, WA
2009 Olympia Art League Capitol City Arts Show, Juried; Olympia, WA
2009 Emerald Arts Center Spring Juried Exhibition, Springfield OR
2009 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried Show, Ocean Shores, WA
2009 Collective Visions Gallery Juried Show, Bremerton, WA

2008 Collective Visions Gallery Juried Show, Bremerton, WA
2008 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried Show, Ocean Shores WA
2008 Peninsula Art League 6th Annual Juried Show, Gig Harbor WA
2008 Olympia Art League Capitol City Visual Arts Exhibit, Olympia WA

2005 Sequim Arts Juried Show, Sequim, WA
2005 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried Show, Ocean Shores, WA

2004 Allied Arts Association Juried Show, Richland, WA
2004 Jewelry Studio, Juried Abstract Watercolor Show, Ashland, OR

2003 Regional Arts Council of Central Oregon, Juried, Bend, OR
2003 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried, Ocean Shores, WA

2002 Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Juried, Ocean Shores, WA

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