Kitchen Yard

Oil on Canvas on Board
340 x 450mm

Peggy Spicer, daughter of the painter Ella Spicer, was born in Parnell Auckland. She was educated at Chilton St James School, Wellington and Diocesan School, Auckland. She was later a pupil of both John Weeks and Ida Eise at the Elam School of Art, Auckland. Her early employment in the Office of architect Wilson Moodie gave her the grounding in draughtsmanship that is so evident in her many architectural subjects concerned with the changing face of Auckland. She was a regular exhibitor at the Auckland Society of Arts and in 1963 was a prizewinner in the Kelliher Art Prize.

With her mother she travelled extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas, painting and exhibiting. She once explained that “I started painting in self defence after mother would keep me waiting around, sometime for three hours, while she finished a sketch.” Peggy Spicer died in Meadowbank leaving a huge body of work, mostly watercolours, which continue to interest collectors. Kitchen Yard is a typical intimate domestic subject, painted not with a brush but using a palette knife, hence its rich texture.