Peggy Macnamara - Watercolors & Books

Biography and Gallery Exhibit
Photo: Peggy Macnamara

Peggy Macnamara has served as the Artist-in-Residence at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History since 1990, and as an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  A large collection of Macnamara's  Original Watercolor Paintings are on permanent display at the Field Museum. 

Macnamara has traveled with Field Museum scientists all over the world to paint nature and illustrate conservation efforts.  She has published four books in collaboration with museum scientists through University of Chicago Press: The Art of Migration (2013),  Architecture of Birds and Insects (2007), Illinois Insects and Spiders (2005) and Art of the Peregrine Falcon (Spring 2016).

An enthusiastic teacher and mentor, Peggy also published 4 other books: Painting Wildlife in Watercolor (2003), describing her unique watercolor techniques, Ten (2010) and Rosie the Spider (Spring 2016), two children's books and finally Coloring Nature (Spring 2016), an adult coloring book featuring drawings of birds, mammals, insects and plants.

Having been associated with the Field Museum for more than 30 years and a regular visiting painter at museums across North America and Europe for 15 years, Peggy has also produced a series of classical drawings as well as paintings that bring together museum architecture, natural scenes, and cultural artifacts. 

Please visit to learn more about this amazing  artist, author and teacher ...and all her upcoming event and adventures.

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