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Carol Peek Biography

Carol Peek was born in Marin County, California.  The beauty of the local landscape and her mother's passion for art influenced her decision to become an artist.  Her love of horses led her to draw them as well as ride them, spending summers on horseback exploring the scenes she now paints.

Peek's art education includes UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and  four years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where she graduated with honors in 1987.  She began documenting in paint, the quickly disappearing agricultural landscape in Marin and Sonoma counties, focusing on the family farms that once covered the area.

Carol's work has been shown in galleries and museums from San Francisco to New York City for the past 32 years. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California planning to graduate in December 2020, where she has also taught classes in the undergraduate school. Her work has won numerous awards and publications of her work include:  Antiques Magazine, 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 feature her paintings.

Carol's work has been represented in New York City, Sun Valley, ID, Carmel, CA, Hilton Head Is, SC, The North Point Gallery, San Francisco, and she is currently showing with Rieser Fine Art, Carmel, CA and Holton Studio and Gallery in Berkeley, CA.

UC Santa Barbara 1979-81
UC Berkeley 1982
Art Center College of Design 1983-87, BFA
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA  Currently enrolled in graduate program
Also Studied: The Fechin Institute, The Vermont Studio Center and Grand Central Academy in New York City.

Books with Carol's images:
Monochrome by Paula Rice Jackson, 2008
Drawing and Painting Horses by Barbara Oelke, 2000
Of Women and Horses by Ga Wa Ni Pony Boy, 2000
The Artist and the American Landscape by John Driscoll, 1998
Trying to Catch the Horses by Dan Gerber 1999
A Second Life by Dan Gerber, 2001

2017 Art of the West July/Aug Unexpected Miracles
2013 Art of the West  Jan/Feb In the Studio
2012 Antiques Magazine, May / June Radical Revival
2006 Art of the West, December
2006 Informart, Fall
2001 American Artist, Color, Special Issue
1998 US ART, September
1998 The Equine Image, January
1997 Art of the West, May
1996 American Artist, April
1994 Southwest Art, October
1993 Western Horseman, October
1992 Equine Images, September
1991 The Artist's Magazine, September

California Art Club  - CAC