Q & A with Rob Peachey- Edge of the Forest

Rob Peachey

We love getting to know more about the artists we exhibit. Over the next few weeks we will offer a short Q & A with the artists from the Edge of the Forest exhibition; January 11 - February 10, 2024.

Take some time to read them. You will definitely learn something about the artist and yourself.



Rob Peachey artist

At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to pursue the arts?

From the time I was a pre-teen I knew I wanted to be an artist. My parents collected Canadian art and I found myself emersed and mesmerized by the images of both abstract and representational art. Although I studied Landscape Architecture and Fine art at Guelph, my passion was for the arts.


What must you do to get ready to begin in the studio?

I know this sounds silly; however, my routine starts outside the studio with coffee followed by observing the work completed the day before to decide where to start the next session.


Or how do you get past the “blank page”? 

Getting past the blank page depends on the medium. With a watercolour I start with a minimal contour drawing of the composition and masking out areas to remain white or high light value often splashing the masking medium with an old toothbrush. With acrylic and oil, I season the canvas or board with burnt sienna and draw in major movements of the composition with a pencil or paint.


What gets your creative juices flowing?

The drive to make things and responding to what I see.   I thrive on the challenge of portraying how light reveals and transforms.


Describe your artistic style in three words.

Interplaying light & colour

 "Cedar Tangle"  Oil on Board   30" x 40"

"Cedar Tangle" Oil on Board  30" x 40"

How do you determine the size of your work?

I choose a painting size on the scale and intimacy I feel for the subject and mood I initially want to create.


Square vs. Rectangle. What’s your preference and why? 

The preference for the painting format is dependent on what I’m trying to portray about the subject.  Square is the most stable format and requires movements to energize. Rectangular-horizontal calmness, rectangular-vertical dynamic


There are a lot of you put in these artworks. How do you practice gratitude for what you get to do?

I show my gratitude by volunteering with art associations to further the art experience for artists and demonstrating to others my process for creating art.


What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I love to cook without recipes.


What drink & food do you think is best to consume while viewing your artwork?

Any beverage that provides comfort/ satisfaction and any finger foods that allows you to view artwork from multiple distances and angles.

Edge of the Forest

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.