Painter Peg Kennedy tells RAW that she wants to be part of the "history and hope" that art provides for our world. Read on to learn more about her work. Be sure to RSVP to see her work on display at the next Los Angeles RAW showcase on Thursday, July 8th!

How did you first get started making art?
I've always been creative, but started painting in high school. 

What do you love most about what you do?   
I think of it as a expression, an outpouring of emotions. I learn from it, its history and hope; all the good and all the bad that makes up our world. I want to be a part of that and I feel good when I do.

What sort of techniques do you most like working with? 
I think painting is one of the most traditional techniques for visual art. I enjoy the history of painting and participating in it. I use bright, bold colors contrasted with darks. I paint big to emphasize the varying strokes and shapes that flow to reflect nature and environment. I paint trees, cities, birds and drops of water. My favorite paint is house paint that has been mixed incorrectly. I like the idea of using colors that someone didn't want and having it appeal to people in my work.

Any previous exhibitions/collaborations that you are particularly proud of? 
I've been in two shows prior to this one. My first show was for an artist collective out of downtown that was a perfect intro into the art world, called Catalyst Artist Collective.

Any accomplishments/goals you hope to achieve as an artist in the future?
My goal right now is to just keep painting and showing as much as possible and I hope to remind the viewer of our nature, and keep art a safe place for the imagination and make believe.

Why showcase at RAW? 
It’s an honor to be a part of an artist community that digs for new talent in such an diverse creative world. 

Favorite thing to do outside of your craft?
I also enjoy getting outdoors ... backpacking and traveling 

Any current rising stars within the art arena that you would recommend we look out for?
I really love the works of Rob Sato and Pim Palsgraaf. Lookout!