We had the good fortune of connecting with Peggy Hinaekian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peggy, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Being with my husband and my two sons makes me extremely happy. As well as being able to relentlessly pursue my career as an artist and an author. I am blessed. Could not ask for more, except maybe to be able to live a long and healthy life to take advantage of all that is being offered to me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been an artist and writer since a very young age. I have gone through different phases in my paintings, from figurative to naive, to surrealist, to abstract. I have also done etchings, lithographs and ceramics. All aspects of the creative world fascinate me. I don’t think much sets me apart from others except perhaps the fact that I survived through different moves from one continent to the other, and that nothing has deterred me from painting or writing. I painted and wrote all the time even when a great part of my time was dedicated to house and family. I always found time to paint, wherever I was. I overcame challenges and rejections with my perseverance. An important lesson I learned along the way was “never to give up whatever the hurdles”. I always saw the end result. Also, I work as though today is my last day and I make plans as though I will live forever. I would like the world to never give up hope in times of war (I have lived through three of them) and dream, always dream of the impossible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As I live in La Jolla there are several places I would take my best friend. I would take her to the San Diego Zoo and the La Jolla Seaquarium. For a stroll in Little Italy. A walk along the beach front in La Jolla, to the children’s pool where the seals hang out. I would also take her for coffee at the Brick and Bell in La Jolla shores. And to stroll around the Farmer’s market in La Jolla on Sundays. Have dinner at the Valencia Hotel patio in La Jolla in the evening, listening to a band playing dance music. For a drive to Laguna Beach to visit the galleries. Eat in one of the several restaurants along the shore.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give credit to my parents who always helped me in my pursuits. They gave me their unbridled devotion and encouragement to go ahead and never take no for an answer until the person in question has died. I would also dedicate my shoutout to my husband who has always been supportive in all my endeavors. My life has been a roller coaster of events on three continents and I have had many setbacks and yet I jumped the hurdles and became the person I wanted to be–creative in all aspects. I think being an artist and an author, I have the privilege to dream and create. I also hope that my painting and writing would carry the viewer and reader into a different kind of reality to make their impossible dreams come true.