From Teacher to Painter
Retired school teacher Peg Lee Bachenheimer ’66 turns her love of painting into a joyful second career
by Jane Falla
Here Bachenheimer shares more about her artwork.
Becoming an artist
I began painting toward the end of my career as a public school second-grade teacher and mom of two children and two stepchildren. I took all the classes I could at our local arts center and went to the Penland School of Crafts during the summers to learn more.
I first saw this medium when I visited my daughter, Celia, at Penland, where she was a student. I was immediately drawn to it. The luminescent quality of the beeswax and the unanticipated effects that are a part of the encaustic painting process intrigued me. The more I work in this medium, the more I discover about it.
Out in the world
I will be in an exhibition at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, in September 2012. I am also represented by two galleries: the FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, an artists’ collective; and the Craven Allen Gallery in Durham, NC.
Pursuing her passion
When I retired, we built a studio onto our house, and I have been painting daily ever since. I love my second career.