Hatteberg's People - Peg Bicker

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

On Hatteberg's People, Peg Bicker lives in two worlds. She began her career as an artist, but within the last decade switched to medicine. Now, she combines to pursue both. Together art and medicine provide a part of what makes her life complete.

"It's a good space for working...quiet," Peg Bicker says of her work room. "I describe it as a warm friendly space."

Peg is an artist who now works with cloth. She utilizes art to relax making pieces all related to medicine. "I've always made things and I'm very tactile," she says. "I like doing things with my hands. I find it very comforting."

Peg designs an apron any heart doctor could love--an arrow through a heart--and an electrocardiogram that says "Cupid Was My Cardiologist".
Or another one with 'X' and 'Y' chromosomes...a perfect handkerchief set.

The rest of Peg's life will primarily be medicine. But before that she was a sculptor making works of art. She had no background in math and science, but one day, she had a conversation with a friend about the possibility of a future in medicine.

Peg decided that if her art work didn't work out, she always had medical school. "I have no idea where that came from," she says. "But it was an idea that wouldn't go away."

Shortly after that initial conversation, Peg started talking with friends who were in medical school and asked them what they did all day. She researched the field and within six months was taking classes to prepare for medical school.

With her art as a creative outlet, Peg now works in both worlds. A little medical humor helps cut the tension and makes for great art.
With husband Larry Schwarm, an artist and photographer in his own right, Peg continues to pursue her dream of becoming a primary care physician, while maintaining her creative outlet through her art...art that brings focus and calm to an otherwise hectic life.

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