Peggy King spent her childhood in Ohio, and her years raising a family and building a career on the Northeast Coast of Florida. After retiring from commercial real estate, Peggy and her husband spent 5 years cruising on a motor yacht, exploring inland rivers as far north as Nova Scotia and heading south offshore to the islands of Trinidad. When the time came to return to land living, the King's were drawn to the hills by memories of the Smokey Mountains. They found their peaceful bit of forest in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Peggy walked onto the property and simply knew it would be the place where she would start painting. After taking up residence in 2014, Peggy picked up a paint brush for the very first time in her life. Today she describes herself as "Wanting to paint everyday - I get lost in it, and the inner peace I find there is my spirituality."


Peggy works in a studio filled with windows that showcase the surrounding forest. Mother Nature is Peggy's muse, and time spent in stillness with woodland creatures provides endless inspiration. Peggy feels a sense of communion with all animals, and finds herself studying their behaviors and expressions as she imagines herself stepping into their experiences.

Peggy begins her realistic interpretations of nature with behavioral observations, photographs and drawings that she transfers to canvas. Peggy enjoys the exploration of different mediums and she pairs her use of watercolor, acrylic and oil paints with the many different ways nature speaks to her.


Peggy builds her wildlife images from layers of carefully rendered details. Her attention to characteristic colors and markings, as well as her understanding of behavior and habitat, give her paintings the feel of a lived and loved experience. Peggy regards her journey as a painter to be an empowering gift - to herself, and hopefully to those who view her paintings.




Peggy creates commisioned artworks of animals and pets, as well as people and places. Commissioned paintings are based on submitted photos and can be executed in watercolors, acrylics or oils. Please allow at least 8-12 weeks for completion of a painting after a contract is signed - large scale images will require additional time. CONTACT PEGGY for more information.

Peggy exhibits her paintings at MOUNTAIN NEST GALLERY and THE RED HOUSE STUDIOS & GALLERY in Black Mountain, NC.  Her work can also be seen at THE ARTISAN GOURMET MARKET/COFFEE & WINE BAR.