Peggy Macnamara’s beautiful illustration work comes from her experience as Artist-In-Residence and Research Associate in Zoology at The Field Museum Chicago.
For three decades, Peggy Macnamara has served as the Field Museum’s artist-in residence, spending her time entrenched among the museum’s vast collection of bones, stuffed specimens, and figurines to render them on canvas in watercolor.
Macnamara, who also teaches Scientific Illustration at the School of the Art Institute, originally began drawing and painting in the Field Museum as a hobby. For years, she spent hour after hour at the museum, intricately detailing its displays for nothing more than personal pleasure. Then, in 1983, she was named the museum’s only artist-in-residence, after an employee took interest in her work. Thirty years later, her colorful, life-like paintings of nature scenes have begun to catch the eyes of local gallery curators.
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