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October 18, 2017


SANTA ANA, Calif. – From October 18, 2017 – November 16, 2017, a series of paintings by Iriet Peshkess will be on display at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of JWA’s Community Focus Space Program. These works can be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

“Ms. Peshkess’ paintings tell a story by describing life in the California sun,” said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “John Wayne Airport guests are able to witness the human stories that have moved the artist.”

Peshkess is a representational artist who was a clinical psychologist for most of her adult life before embarking on her artistic career over 15 years ago. She is drawn to the non-verbal communication between people that capture her attention, tell a story, and are universal. Her passion is to portray ordinary human situations in a realistic and emotional way.

Hope by Iriet Peshkess

Hope by Iriet Peshkess

More images can be seen here.

Iriet states, “I try to paint mood and story, not detail. If I can make you stop, look and feel, I have done what I set out to do.”

Ms. Peshkess has lived in Orange County with her family since 1981. While moving as a child and young adult she realized the importance of adapting to different cultures and connecting with others quickly. Her art training included the use of traditional media and she found herself gravitating toward the Impressionist style of painting. Upon discovery of painting programs on the computer, she fell in love with the versatility and freedom of expression the medium provided her. She combines this freedom with her Impressionist style and love of people’s stories to create her paintings. She has paintings in private collections all over the world and her award winning artwork has been shown in both group and solo gallery exhibitions.

Please visit or for more information about Iriet Peshkess’ work.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program artists include Evalyn Morris (November 16 – December 19) and Andrea Moni (December 19 – January 18).

To learn more about JWA's Art Programs, visit


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