About the Author
Peggy Sue McRae

Local artist Peggy Sue McRae has lived on San Juan Island most of her life. She is a painter who has worked in a variety of mediums including, oil and watercolor painting, stone carving, printmaking and collage. In 1999 she earned her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University. She was awarded a residency with the Morris Graves Foundation in 2004 and was accepted into Women Painters of Washington in 2007. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and in China. She is the author of the art blog Blackfish Art.

Recent Posts by Peggy Sue

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species in August

July 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Olympia—Through­out August, the Wash­ing­ton Inva­sive Species Coun­cil and the Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources (DNR) are ask­ing the pub­lic to take 10 min­utes to check trees in their com­mu­ni­ties for inva­sive insects. August is the peak time of year that wood-bor­ing insects are most often spot­ted out­side of trees. “State and fed­er­al agen­cies do a fan­tas­tic  Con­tin­ue Reading

New Artworks Appear On The Forest Path At Roche Harbor Sculpture Park

July 27, 2020 at 6:15 am

If you vis­it the Sculp­ture Park at Roche Har­bor on a warm sum­mer day you may feel drawn toward the shade of the for­est path. Should you ven­ture into the wood­ed path you may find some sur­pris­es. Island artists Ani­ta Bar­reca and Fran­cie Hansen joined by oth­ers includ­ing Beth Spadafo­ra and Jason Munkres have adorned  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Surviving Cabin Fever

July 16, 2020 at 5:43 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… Accord­ing to Wikipedia, cab­in fever refers to “claus­tro­pho­bic irri­tabil­i­ty or rest­less­ness expe­ri­enced when a per­son, or group, is stuck at an iso­lat­ed loca­tion or in con­fined quar­ters for an extend­ed peri­od of time”. Any­body relate? They go on to say… “Cab­in  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus, How Is Your Mental Health?

June 30, 2020 at 11:49 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… With the pres­sure and stress of open­ing up our des­ti­na­tion vaca­tion island only to then slow the open­ing back down, the arrival of vis­i­tors with and with­out masks, spik­ing COVID num­bers across the nation, not to men­tion pro­longed iso­la­tion, a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Town Installs Poetry Gardens

June 17, 2020 at 7:35 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… It’s June and gar­dens on the island are bur­geon­ing with new life. At the Mullis Cen­ter more than foliage and flow­ers has sprung up. Among the green­ery on the east side of the build­ing you will now find poems thanks  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus — Phase 2

May 31, 2020 at 10:14 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… It is sum­mer in the San Juans and San Juan Coun­ty has moved into Phase 2 of our state’s four-phased Safe Start Wash­ing­ton plan. What does this mean for island seniors as local busi­ness­es slow­ly begin to open up, the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Still Coping With Coronavirus

May 16, 2020 at 7:23 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Island Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… Its been a few months now of stay­ing home and stay­ing healthy, of wear­ing masks and gloves to the gro­cery store, of stay­ing six feet apart from friends we’d real­ly like to hug, of meet­ings on Zoom. How are  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Local Artist’s T‑Shirt Sales Support Local Seniors

May 1, 2020 at 7:04 am

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… With com­mu­ni­ty lunch­es on hold due to COVID-19 it may seem like not much is hap­pen­ing these days at the Mullis Cen­ter. How­ev­er, since the lock­down, the num­ber of meals deliv­ered to local seniors by our Meals on Wheels nutri­tion  Con­tin­ue Reading