Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Rhonda Peyton was raised in Florida and began drawing and painting at the age of 7. She is a printmaker, paper, and book artist who studied with Kenneth A. Kerslake at the University of Florida and received her MFA in printmaking in 2002. Her influences are wide and varied including Edgar Degas (Head and Shoulders of a Woman), Marc Chagall (I and the Village), Albin Brunovsky (Lady in a Hat II), Dorothea Tanning (A Little Night Music), and Leslie Dill (Poem Dress of Circulation).
After graduating with her MFA, she assisted Prof. Kerslake at Penland’s School of Crafts, taught printmaking as an adjunct at the University of Florida, and was selected for a tenure track position in graphic design at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She received tenure in 2007 and after teaching at Santa Fe for ten years, Rhonda retired early to focus on studio work in 2014. The human form, landscapes, movement, light and shadow are the components that dominate her images. Her most recent work is described as magic realism or imaginative realism where at least one element breaks with the natural world.
Rhonda’s work has been exhibited in a variety of print and book arts exhibitions including Columbia College’s Paper in Particular juried exhibition in Missouri, the Center for Book & Paper Arts in Chicago, and Brooklyn's Waterfront Artists Coalition in New York.