Coming from three generations of accomplished artist Peggy McGivern grew up knowing what her path in life would be. Not always an easy one, raising two children on her own, but she has worked as a full time artist since 1978 when she started selling her work in a pub in Manchester, England where she and her children lived till early 1980.
Returning to the states, she and her children settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she was a founding member of the Tulsa Artist’s Coalition and along with several talented artists opened the “Tulsa Center for Contemporary Art” which is still thriving today, showcasing avant guard visual artists, musicians, actors and sculptors. During this period, Peggy was working on her own career, landing spots in premier galleries across the Southwest.
In 1990 Peggy moved back to her home town of Denver and opened her own gallery. Genre Artisans Center was a success for over 10 years and received numerous awards including Best New Gallery and Empowering a Neighborhood. “Closing the doors was difficult but I knew it was time to focus on my own art again”.
When you look at her body of work from the 80s, 90’s to present there is a wavy line of connection between then and now. Beginning as an abstract artist, then somewhere in the 90’s Peggy moved to a more traditional style, and now almost 30 years later she is reaching back to her roots, working on abstracting her narrative. In her words “There always has to be a glimmer of truth in my work”. She usually works in series using a color palette reminiscent of the 1940’s. Rich, toned colors of burnt orange, rusty red with subtle brass and lime greens held together with shadows of warm plum and soft charcoal, she depicts the people and places she has encountered in her travels around the world.
Today she spends her time between her two homes in Denver and Taos and still travels extensively with her husband Peter Stravlo, both in search for more subject matter, Peggy for her paintings and Peter for his writings.
They have combined their talents to create distinctive exhibits. Peggy’s Art work, with Peters poetry narrative to go with it from places like Cuba, Romania, France Ireland, Italy Croatia as well as The Virgin Island, Porto Rico and of course Key West. Corporate and Private Collectors
Denver Children’s Hospital
University of Colorado Medical Center, Children’s Diabetes Center
Lenier Drake Director French Chamber of Commerce, NY
ING Vice President private collection
Offices of the Arts and Humanities center Denver
Offices of the Denver Performing arts center
Shadow Mountain Institute Tulsa
Frans Clamer hotel, Corporate collection, Telluride
Model homes for Newtown Builders, Denver
Denver Health and Sciences Center Public relations offices
North Light Book Publishing “Discover your Visual Voice”
Southwest Art Magazine articles “Visual Thoughts” August 2017,
New Galleries April 2017, Key West May 2017,
“A Contemporary Eye” 2003
Cuba, an Adventure in Image and Word”2010
“Beyond the Iron Curtain”2011
“In my World” Dec.2016
“Where are they Now” 2013“
“Artists to Watch”2001
Western Art Magazine, State of the Art Colorado, State of the Art, NM
American Art Collector “Outside the Lines” November 2015
The Collectors Guide of New Mexico, The Essential Guide of Santa fe
Denver Post Featured Artist “Governors Mansion Plein Air Festival”,
Colorado Woman News, “Best Art Boost to a Neighborhood”
Urban Spectrum “Empowering a neighborhood”
Lawton Center for the arts Magazine “Peggy McGivern’s Menta Costa”, The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City