Plein Air Painter
Colorado & Wherever She Sets Up Her Easel
A classically trained artist, as a young woman Priscilla Wiggins moved from the northeast to the southwest to pursue her passion: painting the southwest on location, en plein air. The hardy, lifetime artist follows the seasons in her small RV, painting the land she lives on at the time with a sensitivity fostered by waking each dawn surrounded by nature.
Wiggins lives outdoors year around, returning to paint favorite places again and again with an intimate connection to the terrain. The Rockies, the Sonoran Desert, the Chihuahuan Desert of Big Bend country are perennial draws.
Priscilla's idea of a great painting experience is no phones, no electricity, grass growing under her tires and paint smearing her fingers.
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Priscilla Wiggins paints because "nature deserves attention." The artist confides, "I feel it's my job to point out how purple stands beside green; to show how the sky shimmers between pink and blue; to share the mystery of 'now you see it, now you don't'.... I paint because it is all there, asking to be celebrated."
Born in Chappaqua, New York, the three-year-old artist received her first easel while at an experimental school run by Columbia University in NYC. She spent her summers on a twenty-five-mile long lake in New Hampshire, where she learned survival skills at an uncle's camp. She studied design and art history at Bennington College in Vermont, then earned her B.A. at the University of New Mexico. Soon, the appeal of the wilderness dictated a lifestyle of camping and hiking. Always, she painted outdoors.
Wiggins has shown in Taos, Santa Fe, Durango as well as Marfa and Alpine, Texas. One reviewer wrote, " the immediacy of her landscapes, springing from an intimate sense of nature as her living room is inspiring. Like Thoreau, Wiggins has turned her back on the life of the rat race."