Peg Reilly lives and works in New York City. Her work is in numerous private collections in the United States and public collections including Port Authority of NY & NJ and the NYC Road Runners Club. She is represented by Wildflowers Too gallery in Barnegat Light, NJ and participates in their annual exhibit to benefit The Claymobile, a program created by The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The Claymobile partners with schools, community organizations and social service agencies to make the experience of art available to communities who are most in need. Peg is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art.
The lure of the commonplace, the everyday familiarity of the urban experience is what excites me as an artist. There are no second chances in the way I work. Because I paint on location directly, unmediated with photos, within a limited time span, in a living, changing environment I have to focus all my energy to find meaning. The first encounter is chaos, but I trust that if I stay long enough, eventually I'll discover what is there for me that I can mold into a work of art. Charcoal and crayon are the media — dramatic, assertive, easily modified. The drawing is rough at times, yet the final image is true to the experience.