Fay Peck, an internationally known painter and much loved Lake Bluff, Illinois, resident died Sept. 18 at the age of 85. She was married for 45 years to David B. Peck until his death in 2001. The Peck's were long-time residents of Lake Forest and part-time residents of Aspen, Colorado. More recently, Fay followed her children to Bozeman, Montana. Fay's paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world. She was a master of oil painting, multi-media and printmaking. Fay grew up in River Forest, Illinois, where she developed a deep love of nature. Besides her appreciation of nature, she loved to swim and dance. "She could be seen regularly in Lake Michigan swimming with two German Shepherds no matter the weather or temperature," said her friend Gene Hotchkiss. Fay loved to ski and her home in Aspen, Colorado, provided a wonderful landscape for painting and adventure. Her art work was published in a 2014 book titled 'Fay Peck, American Expressionist'. In the introduction to the book Professor Reingardt said, "Fay Peck is a painter who combines three rare qualities, painters instinct, extraordinary color sense and undaunted perseverance." "Fay's life, while full of art, was always full of family and friends, everything was packed in and nothing left out," said Judy Bensinger, long-time friend. Fay Peck is survived by four children and ten grandchildren. Services will be held in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2016