West Volusia Artists are highlighting Peggy Toussant for the month of December. Her artwork titled Morning Beach Path demonstrates the technique of watercolor on paper. It evolved when she did a study of mist and perspective within a class setting.

Toussant was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Her family moved about a lot as part of her father’s Air Force duties.

Toussant met her husband in Ohio, and they raised three daughters before moving to Florida. The family lived in Tallahassee, Tampa and Jacksonville before settling in DeLand.

Having enjoyed drawing and crafting, Toussant progressed to working with oils before finding that her true passion was watercolors. Toussant studied arts and humanities in college. Later in life, she took art classes and workshops.

Jennie Szaltis of Jacksonville was her biggest influence while Toussant was learning about the watercolor process. Szaltis believes that “you need to spend time for yourself … to find what you love … then keep practicing.”

Toussant belonged to the Jacksonville Watercolor Society, where she won awards for her work. She won Best of Show at the Avonlea Gallery. Much of her work was sold in Apalachicola and St. Augustine galleries.

Newspaper articles about West Volusia Artists attracted Toussant to check out the club. She was so glad to find this group of active artists that she joined immediately.

West Volusia Artists currently have a collection of 24 works of art by their members showing 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Friday through Dec. 30 at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave.

West Volusia Artists meet 9 a.m.-noon on the first and third Friday September- May at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand. The artists meet to draw, paint, create and socialize. Call Judy Rowlett at 386-738-5515 for more information.


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