“Long Live the Queen”
36″ x 24″
Acrylic on canvas
Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
Wallace Peck was born in 1963 and spent most of his childhood with his family in Columbus, Ohio. After the passing of his mother, he stayed with various relatives and eventually found his way to the city of Franklinton where he befriended the staff of Gladden House, a community outreach center. Wallace spent a great deal of time at the center where he was provided with drawing materials and given a space to sit and draw for hours. The Gladden House family later introduced Wallace to Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc. which provided him with a wonderful place to live and with the opportunity to expand his artistic skills at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery. As soon as he picked up a paintbrush it was apparent that Wallace possessed a unique skill, and his artwork has been gaining a fan base that has increased exponentially each year.
Wallace draws and paints imagery that is personal to him; people he knows, people he admires, animals he loves. If you spend more than a few minutes with Wallace, there’s a good chance you’ll come away with a quickly rendered portrait. His preferred medium is acrylic paint on canvas, but he has also excelled in pastels and charcoal and sometimes dabbles in watercolor and ceramics. He often starts by painting a simple background, then he uses images from his sketchbook to inspire the subject matter.
He finishes the piece with bold line work using markers or colored pencil. The result is always quite stunning.
Wallace’s piece “Long Live the Queen” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of his work at https://opendoorartstudio.org/2014/wallace-peck/.